Deadline: April 29, 2019 @ 11:59pm

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2019 HADLEY PRIZE HAS CLOSED. Thank you for your interest.



The Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art is an investment in creative capital for Louisville, recognizing artists who demonstrate a commitment to and potential for growth within their chosen medium in the visual arts. The $5,000 prize is designated to fund enrichment experiences that will help the winning artist pursue their personal and professional ambitions and how, in turn, that experience could enrich Louisville’s art ecosystem. There is no submission fee.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older living in the Louisville Metro area, which 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. This is a one-time prize; winners of the Hadley Prize are not eligible to apply in the future. The prize may be considered taxable income, so applicants should consult a tax professional.

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

The Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art is funded by the George and Mary Alice Hadley Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville. Louisville Visual Art serves as the administrative partner to the project and competition process. For more information, please contact amy@louisvillevisualart.org

Have questions? Visit the M.A. Hadley FAQ page here

The recipient of the M.A. Hadley Prize will be announced the second week of June.

Before you proceed to the M.A. Hadley Prize application, please make sure you have the following:

  • Artist Statement

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • Detailed outline of allocation of funds

  • Vision and Goals as an Artist

  • How would the M.A. Hadley Prize impact your career as an Artist

  • Three images of current work (no older than 2 years)

Please note: The selection of the Hadley Prize process is conducted by a blind jury. Each artist proposal is assigned a number and the artist names are not revealed to the jury participants until a recipient is selected.

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Past M.A. Hadley Prize jurors include:

Elmer Lucille Allen, Artist
John Begley, Artist
Wilma Bethel, Art Teacher
Andrew Cozzens, Faculty, KY College of Art + Design at Spalding University
Susanna Crum, Faculty, IU Southeast, 2013 Hadley Prize Recipient
Theo Edmonds
Tracey Pennington, 2014 Hadley Prize recipient
Karen Gillenwater, 21c Hotel & Museum
Albertus Gorman, Carnegie Center for Art & History
Jessica Kincaid, Hite Institute, University of Louisville
Nana Lampton
Miranda Lash, Curator, Speed Art Museum
Sarah Lindgren, Louisville Public Art Administrator
Rebecca Norton, Artist
Joyce Ogden, Faculty, Spalding University
Dean Otto, Curator, Speed Art Museum
Al Shands
Don Vish
Eileen Yanoviak, Director, Carnegie Center for Art and History