DeCordova's Rappaport Prize recognizes the importance of art and artists in our cultural and economic life and is an investment in the current work and future work of an individual artist.
The Prize was founded by the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation to support the Foundation's mission of promoting leadership in public policy, medical research, and art.
"Our greatest hope with the annual Rappaport Prize is to celebrate an important artist, generate excitement for their art and perspective, and provide some financial support to advance their careers to newer heights," says Foundation Chair Phyllis Rappaport.
The Rappaport Prize helps deCordova fulfill its mission of supporting significant artists while inviting public engagement with developments in contemporary American art. While deCordova exhibits artists from around the world, its collecting is focused on art created by artists with a relationship to New England—meaning artists who were born, educated, resided, or currently reside in the region. The Rappaport Prize is given to artists with New England ties, consistent with deCordova's, and the Rappaport Foundation's commitment to sustain the creative economy of Boston and New England
Each prize is given to foster two goals:
- Celebrate the achievement and potential of an artist who has already demonstrated significant creativity and vision.
- Encourage the artist to continue in a career of innovative art making.
Together, deCordova and Rappaport Foundation hope to create a community of accomplished artists whose careers have been enhanced by the recognition of the Rappaport Prize.