The Burke Prize 2018

The Burke Prize 2018


Call for Applications






Museum of Arts and Design


Call for Applications: The Burke Prize

(US Citizens Only)

A new annual award that reinforces the Museum of Arts and Design commitment to celebrating the next generation of artists working in and advancing the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement, the Burke Prize is an unrestricted $50,000 award made to a professional artist under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metals, or wood.

Named for Marian and Russell Burke, two passionate collectors of craft and longtime supporters of MAD, the Burke Prize will be determined by an annual jury of professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design following an open application process.


Eligible applicants are professional artists under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metals, or wood. Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents, living or working within the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the US Virgin Islands.

Applicants must be:

  • A US citizen or a permanent legal resident
  • At least 21 years old and not older than 45 at the time of application
  • A working artist, not a hobbyist, who can demonstrate a commitment to their practice as a professional

Applicants cannot be:

  • An institution or small business
  • A full-time student in a degree-granting program or its equivalent
  • Applicants may not be students at the time of applying, even if graduation is pending the same year
  • A current employee, consultant, board member, or major funder of the Museum of Arts and Design, or an immediate family member of such a person


The applications will be reviewed by a jury led by Shannon Stratton, Chief Curator at MAD, and available starting February 2018. The first winner of the Burke Prize will be announced in the fall of 2018.

About Marian & Russell Burke

Marian Culbertson Burke has been interested in the traditional fine arts since her time as a young student of Renaissance art in Florence, Italy. It was not until she attended an Art to Wear fashion show organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in the 1980s that she discovered the excitement of craft and MAD. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2013 and has since underwritten acquisitions for MAD’s permanent collection, supporting the Museum in bringing her interests forward into the twenty-first century.

Her husband, Russell Ely Burke, has been a professional in the fine arts field for forty-eight years, focusing on historic paintings and sculpture. He is delighted that Marian has broadened his field of vision with her enthusiasm for work produced in our own time and is proud to be associated with her gift to MAD.

As collectors of contemporary art and jewelry, the Burkes interact with the artists they collect and appreciate the many new talents in all fields. Long committed to supporting MAD’s programs, they are grateful to be able to endow the Burke Prize, which will enable and encourage artists in all areas of craft celebrated by the Museum of Arts and Design. 


To Apply

Application Deadline

30 April 2018

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