Awarded annually since 2000, the Rappaport Prize is given in recognition of both past achievement and future potential. Using the links here you can explore the work of a decade of Rappaport Prize winners, hear what the Prize meant to them, and find out what they are working on now. There are links to each artist's webpage and gallery, and on the Resources page you will find other interesting links, including press clippings and reviews.
How is the Prize awarded?
Each year deCordova invites ten or more art professionals from around the country—museum directors, curators, other artists, and past winners—to nominate artists for the prize based on a set of simple criteria. Each nominee must:
- Produce artwork of exceptional quality
- Demonstrate excellence and leadership in their chosen practice
- Engage with aesthetic issues which have had a significant impact on contemporary art
- Have a relationship to New England—whether they were born, educated, resided, or currently reside in the region.
All media are considered and the Museum does not discriminate based on age, financial status, reputation, race, sexual orientation, or gender.
After reviewing the nominations, as well as adding their own nominations to the pool, deCordova's curators and Director select the Prize winner.
Applications or unsolicited nominations are not accepted for the Prize. The Rappaport Foundation does not influence the decision-making process.