Friday, November 20, 2009
Rules for the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography
Information provided by Design Taxi (more info can be found HERE):
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has established the “Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography,” which provides photographers and scholars with the support needed to pursue new ideas and work in the medium.
The first of its kind, the prize is awarded for the creation of new rather than the recognition of previously completed work. It will be presented every two years to an artist or scholar who aims to expand the boundaries of the medium.
The prize is created and supported with an endowment gift of $1 million from the Shpilman Art and Culture Foundation. The Shpilman gift also matches a challenge grant from the Schusterman Foundation, which sought to encourage Israeli support by pledging $1 million toward the endowment campaign if matched by a donor in Israel.
Artists 4 Israel humbly submits the following suggestions to the Israel Museum, the Shpilman Art and Culture Foundation and the Schusterman Foundation in the selection of the award's recepient:
1. Listen to your Jury. From current reports, you have selected an impressive array of jurors to judge the merits of the submitted applications. Allow them to operate freely and honestly, without input or sway.
2. Ignore internal politics: With so many important people involved, there will undoubtedly be some attempts to coerce or manipulate the prize. This is not an insult. It is a fact of all operations of this nature, a fact of human interaction. One of the many things that separates Israelis from our less than friendly neighbors is that we have a much, much lower tolerance for corruption. Remember that proud heritage and behave accordingly.
3. Do not forget external politics: The very creation of this gift, alone, is testament to the beauty and power of Israel. Please consider a photographer and an application that respects and honors those two admirable qualities of our country.
4. Do not worship the golden jerk: Groups that support the arts in Israel tend to strive towards a very liberal, self-hating view of the country and her people. Often, attempting to seem "unbiased" these arts group bend over backwards to fund and reward pieces of work that are highly critical, often unfairly critical, of Israel. This is where you get the stupidity that is J Street or the Bakri scandal through the JCC (previously reported on THIS SITE). Avoid becoming a tool of this hate and misinformation.
5. Fund other arts: Allow this program to spur you to further support of the arts, in all mediums. We have some great graffiti artists ready for a prize in that field!
Artists 4 Israel will be working with the explosive talents of Seth Wolfson
and Julian Voloj to become the first to receive this award.
Our Photography Club has its first big assignment. Thanks!