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Nominations sought for new Bill Fischer Award supporting Louisville-based visual artists

The Community Foundation of Louisville and Louisville Visual Art are pleased to announce a new award for working artists in Louisville. The Bill Fischer Award for Visual Artists is a $5,000 cash prize to artists that provides support for the execution and exhibition of artwork and other efforts to foster a professional career as a visual artist.

Susan Barry, Community Foundation CEO, states: “The Community Foundation of Louisville and Louisville Visual Art are thrilled to be partnering on another prize to support working artists in the greater Louisville area. Through this prize, we hope to honor the legacy of longtime Louisville-based artist, Bill Fischer, and to fulfill his wishes of making a meaningful impact on the career of visual artists in Louisville.”

Mr. Bill Fischer has had a lifelong love for art. He trained with the world-renowned artist David Alfaro Siqueiros of Mexico and has had countless exhibits in Louisville at the Jewish Community Center, Arts Club of Louisville, Louisville Visual Art and more. Mr. Fischer has dedicated his life to art and established the award to invest in artists working in Kentucky.

The Bill Fischer Award for Visual Artists is funded by the Artist Bill Fischer Foundation for Working Artists at the Community Foundation of Louisville. Louisville Visual Art serves as the administrative partner to the award and competition process.

The application for the Bill Fischer Award for Visual Artists is now open. The deadline for entries is October 9, 2017. One prize of $5,000 will be awarded in January 2018. Interested individuals can find additional information and the online application at http://www.louisvillevisualart.org.

Artists working in the following media are eligible to apply: ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, graphic design, crafts. Artists working in architecture, photography, video, time-based media, limited duration installation and the performing arts are not eligible for this award. Both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be a minimum of 25 years old and have completed their formal art training a minimum of three years prior to the application deadline. Applicants must be residents living in the Louisville Metro Area for a minimum of six months prior to the application deadline. The Metro Area is defined as Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Bullitt, Nelson, Meade, Trimble and Henry Counties in Kentucky and Clark, Harrison, Floyd and Washington Counties in Indiana.

Louisville Visual Art provides visual art education, community outreach, and artist support. Located in the city’s Portland neighborhood, LVA is dedicated to encouraging artists through programming such as Artebella, MAP, Open Studio Weekend, and weekly calls for artists.

The Community Foundation of Louisville is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky with over $485 million in assets and more than 1,450 different funds, each with a charitable purpose defined by the donor. For more information, visit www.cflouisville.org.

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