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This biennial award, which is given in conjunction with a catalogue, video profile and juried exhibition, is funded by the daughters of Elizabeth R. Raphael, the founder of Contemporary Craft and a nationally known figure in the contemporary art scene for many decades. Prizes are selected by medium, with the designated medium changing with each biennial award.
Past winners and winning artworks include Sibylle Peretti, Vogelkuss-Birdkiss II (glass), 1997; David Sengel, Haloed (wood), 1999; Suzan Rezac, Opus Tessellatum (small metals), 2001; Sun Koo Yuh, The Memory of Pikesville, TN (clay), 2003; Jim Rose, Quilt Cupboard (found materials), 2005; Mark Zirpel, Pair (glass), 2007; Christian Burchard, Days of Summer by the Pond (wood), 2009; Meghan Patrice Riley, Interstitial (metal), 2011 and Linda Swanson, Cypreus Lumen (clay), 2013.
The 2017 prize will be awarded for a work in found materials. Previous Raphael Prize videos may be viewed at: http://contemporarycraft.org/exhibitions/elizabeth-r-raphael-founders-prize/
The deadline to apply is June 9, 2017.