Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art


In 2015, the Foundation initiated a pilot phase award program to provide a $40,000 award ($30,000 unrestricted, merit-based award + $10,000 project grant) for an established arts writer in the U.S. who has made significant contribution to writing about digital art and a $20,000 award ($15,000 unrestricted, merit-based award + $5,000 project grant) for an emerging arts writer in the U.S. who demonstrates great promise in writing about digital art.

The awards are no-strings-attached, merit-based award in recognition of the achievements that the writer has contributed to new dialogues and growth of the field. The arts writing awards reward sustained and innovative work, from general audience criticism to academic scholarship, in articles, books, blogs and alternative media.

We define arts writing focused in the digital arts as scholarship, history, criticism or theory of digital art that may address:

  • innovative and compelling uses of digital technologies in contemporary art
  • crucial issues related to the preservation, conservation, interpretation and understanding of digital art practices
  • the impact of developing technologies on the cultural landscape of the arts

Writing may address important issues in the digital arts (such as Internet art; software art; locative media; mixed, augmented and virtual reality; installation environments; device art) and art addressing evolving technologies.


Nominations for the award are solicited from arts professionals working in digital art who have extensive knowledge of arts writing in the field. The nomination process is a closed process and there is no open call for applications. Nominee applications are reviewed in multiple rounds by a distinguished selection committee of three well-respected arts professionals who have extensive knowledge of the arts writing about digital art.


Awards will change annually and will support initiatives that the Foundation researches and finds to be innovative, insightful and impactful to our areas of interest.