The Recharge New Surrealist Prize

The $7,000 award was created for painters living in the United States and U.S. Territories who are working in the New Surrealist style. 

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to announce the creation of the Recharge New Surrealist Prize, a $7,000 award for painters living in the United States and U.S. Territories who are working in the New Surrealist style. The award program, formerly known as the Recharge Foundation Fellowship for New Surrealist Art, will be administered by NYFA with funding provided by the Gu Family of the Recharge Foundation.

The Recharge Foundation is a private non-profit organization that aims to promote cross-cultural craftsmanship preservation and create dialogues between antiques, high jewelry, fine arts, and technology. Founded as a private archive from a single family and an affiliate organization of Recharge Capital, Recharge Foundation evolved from a family passion to a platform with international ambitions. In addition to special projects and exhibitions, the foundation provides grants like the Recharge New Surrealist Prize to support contemporary artists, craftsmen, and designers.

The New Surrealist style is an extension of the Surrealist movement, where artists combine relatable imagery in uncanny and unexpected situations within their work. Students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are eligible to apply for the Recharge New Surrealist Prize, however applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the application deadline.

CURRENT AWARD CYCLE

Applications for the 2021 award cycle opened on Tuesday, August 10 at 10:00 AM EDT and will close on Tuesday, October 19 at 5:00 PM EDT.

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ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants must be working in the New Surrealist style. The New Surrealist style is an extension of the Surrealist movement which was at its height in the 1920s. Artists working within this style combine imagery in uncanny and unexpected solutions.
  • Applicants must be painters. NYFA defines painting as a work that involves painting on any kind of surface.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time the application closes.
  • NYFA employees, members of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists’ Advisory Committee, and/or an immediate family member of any of the above cannot apply.

Students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are eligible to apply.

2019 RECHARGE FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT

Jan Harrison was the first-ever recipient of the Recharge Foundation Fellowship Award for New Surrealist Art (now Recharge New Surrealist Prize). Harrison, who lives in Kingston, NY, is a painter and sculptor whose work involves empathy with the animal nature and animal/human interface as it relates to the collective psyche. In her personal and universal myth there is purity, strength, and wisdom in animal nature—an innate state of being compared to our industrialized, human-based society. She also speaks and sings in Animal Tongues, which she has performed in conjunction with her visual art. Since 1979, her art has been connected with the philosophy of deep ecology and is focused on the vulnerability of endangered species.

Harrison’s work is included in numerous public and private collections and has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally including Animal.Anima.Animus., which toured to Pori Contemporary Art Museum, Finland; Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Holland; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada; and MoMA PS1, New York.

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Image Credit (Detail): Jan Harrison, BALANCE, 2015, Photo Credit: Nancy Donskoj