OPPORTUNITY: The 2014 AAF/Seebacher Prize for the Arts


Each year, The AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts (formerly The Daisy Soros Prize and The Hayward Prize) offers US fine arts graduate students, or those who have completed their graduate studies within the past two years, the opportunity to study at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Salzburg in Austria. The AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts is funded through the generosity of AAF trustee Gerhard Seebacher and his wife Angelika.  A list of previous AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts fellows can be found here.

Founded in 1953 by world-famous painter Oskar Kokoschka, the International Summer Academy offers an unrivalled environment, with work sites at the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Old Salt Factory on Perner Insel (Island) on the Salzach River.  This particular international experience gives young artists not only the opportunity to study with well-known and respected international artists from around the world, but also the chance to immerse themselves in a program that is both rich in cultural tradition and academically challenging.

The Summer Academy’s 2014 course listing can be found here; please visit their website for additional information on the Academy and its programs.

Up to six Seebacher Fine Arts fellows are selected annually by a jury of artists and arts professionals, chaired by the Summer Academy’s Director, Dr. Hildegund Amanshauser. Fellows are invited to attend a specific course at the Summer Academy and participate in daily classes for two to five weeks, depending on the length of the course selected, studying with distinguished international artists such as Felix Gmelin, Amelie von Wulffen, Ellen Harvey, and Norbert Bisky.

The fellowship covers tuition to one Summer Academy course, $1,000 for travel expenses, accommodation in Summer Academy’s approved student housing, and a small stipend.  A complete application includes: an application form, a recent photo; two letters of recommendation; current résumé/CV, detailing educational background and artistic experience; 7 – 10 images of work (including color slides or digital images) OR no more than a combined total of 10 minutes of video/sound clips, OR a combination thereof; list of image/video/sound titles; and a 1-page artist statement, to answer the question: How will attending the International Summer Academy Salzburg help you to achieve your professional goals?

The postmark deadline for applications is: MARCH 7, 2014. 

Questions may be emailed to the AAF at: finearts.prize@americanaustrianfoundation.org.  No phone calls, please. The AAF and Salzburg International Summer Academy are not responsible for lost applications.

The American Austrian Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1984 by a group of Americans and Austrians with an interest in promoting a positive relationship between the two countries. The AAF organizes postgraduate educational programs and provides fellowships in medicine, media and the arts. The AAF has offices in Vienna, Salzburg, and New York. For more information, please visit our website.