Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists

The Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists was created by Nik Edes, President of the Edes Foundation and son of long-time arts supporters Claire and Samuel Edes. The prize is intended to support the recipient’s art-making and enable the advancement of a professional career in the arts.

Eligibility

Eligibility for the award period beginning May 2017:

  • A current graduate student who will graduate in Spring (June) 2017 or Summer (August) 2017 OR
  • A recent graduate student alumnus who graduated in June 2012 or later AND
  •  Enrolled in or having graduated from the School of Music, School of Communication, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, or School of Professional Studies in one of the following disciplines:
    • Art Theory and Practice
    • Creative Writing
    • Directing
    • Documentary Media
    • Music Composition (alternates annually with Music Performance)
    • Performance Studies
    • Stage Design
    • Theatre and Drama
    • Writing for the Screen and Stage

Award

The prize is $30,000 to be used in any way that enables the advancement of a professional career in the arts. Acceptable uses of the award include:

  • Domestic or international travel
  • Cost of living while pursuing a career in the arts
  • Anything that significantly enhances the awardee’s artistic capacity, skill or talent to advance the recipient’s art-making and professional career

The award may not be used for:

  • Funding a collective (that is, the prize must fund an individual)
  • Paying for full-time, post-graduate studies
  • Those who are employed full-time during the award period

Application Instructions

Each school has its own nomination process. Nominations of finalists must be submitted by each school’s designated nominator by the deadline. Students/alum should contact their program/school for information, as there may be additional application requirements and eligibility criteria.

School representatives:

Each school’s faculty nominator will gather the following materials into one PDF (plus the electronic portfolio or a link to an online portfolio) and submit it electronically to Kate Veraldi on or before Friday, January 20, 2017:

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae 
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. A selection of reviews of the applicant’s work (if applicable)
  5. Artist’s Statement/Essay (no more than 500 words) that explains and contextualizes the applicant’s artistic interventions, current work, and future trajectory.
  6. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  7. Plan - of no more than 250 words - describing what the applicant hopes to accomplish in the near term, including an outline specifying how the applicant plans to use the award and how it will meet immediate needs for the next stage of artistic and professional development. Please also note any other funding/grants/fellowships that will support the applicant in the year following receipt of the award. 
  8. Electronic Portfolio (Please follow the guidelines below, specific to discipline)

Electronic Portfolio Guidelines

Cinema and Media

  • Filmmakers, videographers and artists working in film, video and media should submit one sample of a film, video or new media work (no longer than 10 minutes).
  • Note whether the sample is a complete work or an excerpt and what role (director, co-director, writer, etc.) you played in creating the piece.
  • If desired, submit a 75-word description along with the work sample.

Creative and Dramatic Writing:

  • Fiction, creative non-fiction and other creative prose writers (including writers of graphic novels) should submit a complete work or excerpt of no more than 20, double-spaced pages total (including any images, if working in mixed-media/graphic language arts).
  • Poets should submit no more than 15, single-spaced pages of their work.
  • Screenwriters and playwrights should submit up to a 40-page writing sample of a play, screenplay or teleplay (either a complete work or an excerpt of one or more works).
  • If desired, submit a 75-word description along with the work sample.

Music:

  • Composers should submit a portfolio consisting of an example of a clearly reproduced bound score along with a corresponding ten-minute recording, or of several score excerpts with corresponding recorded excerpts. In either case, the total duration must not exceed ten minutes. If the single submitted work is longer than ten minutes, the applicant should provide an edited version of the recording (either on a CD, or uploaded to a streaming link on a site such as SoundCloud) containing exactly the ten minutes which they wish the jury to hear. Composers who do not use traditional scores should include a note of explanation along with the work sample.

  • Applicants who would like the jury to listen to excerpted work samples should clearly mark the corresponding score/s where the excerpt/s begin(s). Note whether the sample is a complete work or an excerpt, and whether the work is finished or in progress. 
  • If desired, submit a 75-word description along with the work sample.

Performance and Theatre:

  • Directors and performers should submit a sample video documentation of a performance (no longer than 10 minutes).
  • Directors working on devised pieces or adaptations can submit a writing sample, following the guidelines for the relevant discipline as described above.
  • Note whether the sample is a complete work or an excerpt, and whether the work is finished or in progress.
  • Up to 5 still images may be submitted in addition to the time-based documentation. 
  • Theatre and performance designers should submit a Powerpoint presentation of sample portfolio, consisting of up to 20 slides.
  • If desired, submit a 75-word description along with the work sample.

Visual Arts:

  • Visual artists should submit a portfolio of recent work in the form of a PDF or Powerpoint presentation. This may include up to 20 images and/or links to digital or audio files—totaling no more than 10 minutes in duration—that may be accessed on the internet.
  • If desired, submit a 75-word description along with the work sample.

Review Process and Timeline

Finalists are expected to appear in person on a designated date for interview and presentation in front of a faculty jury.

  • Friday, January 20, 2017: Deadline for receipt by The Graduate School of each school’s finalist’s application materials 
  • March 2017 (exact date TBD): In-person interviews/presentations with finalists at Northwestern University, Evanston Campus
  • April 2017: Finalists are notified

Reporting

Edes Prize awardees must submit quarterly reports to Northwestern University on activities undertaken during the first year of the award. In the summer following the initial year of the award (July), the awardee must submit a final written report to the Edes Foundation and the University. Edes Prize awardees are expected to attend two annual meetings (in late October or early November) of the Edes Foundation Board of Directors in Chicago, one in the initial award year and one after the conclusion of the first year of the award, to make presentations to the Board and other Edes Prize awardees.  Travel and lodging costs are covered by the Foundation.

Contact

Email Kate Veraldi for more information.