About the Emerging Artist Award


Instituted in 1999 by the Forward Arts Foundation as a response to dwindling public support for individual artists in the metro Atlanta area, the Emerging Artist Award (EAA) presents a grant and solo show at the Swan Coach House Gallery to one talented Atlanta artist each year. This artist must have no major show planned and be unconnected to a commercial gallery.

Artists are chosen and winners are selected by the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award committee, chaired by Eileen Millard, and voted on by professional artist members from the Atlanta arts community. The award is also overseen by non-voting FAF members who serve as administrators.

Each EAA winner receives a $10,000 grant to pursue new works and culminates their year of celebration with a solo show at the Swan Coach House Gallery the spring following presentation of the award. Five finalists are chosen; the other four receive $2000 each and may include one piece in the EAA exhibit.

All considered artists are recommended for jury by voting members.