A new annual award that reinforces MAD’s 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.

2018 Jurors

Michael Radyk, Director of Education, American Craft Council, Editor-in-Chief, American Craft Inquiry; Artist 

Jenni Sorkin, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara; Art Historian & Critic

Namita Gupta Wiggers, Director, Master of Arts in Critical and Historical Craft Studies, Warren Wilson College and Director and Co-Founder, Critical Craft Forum 

The finalists of the Burke Prize will  be included in an exhibition in the early fall of 2018. The first winner of the Burke Prize will be announced in the late fall of 2018.

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Please read all instructions carefully and make sure to fill out all information before submitting. Applications can not be edited once submitted. 

For collectives who wish to apply you must choose one person to be the contact person but all members of the collective must meet the requirements of the application. See specific instructions for materials submission within the application itself. An extensive collaborative practice must be demonstrated in order to be considered for the prize.