Hadley Prize for Visual Arts Now Accepting Applications

Julie Leidner

Louisville Visual Art (LVA) and the Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2016 Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art. The Hadley Prize recognizes artists in the Louisville, Kentucky area who demonstrate a commitment to and potential for growth within their chosen medium in the visual arts.

Susan Barry, Community Foundation CEO, states, “The Community Foundation of Louisville and Louisville Visual Art are honored to present the fourth annual competition for the Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art. Rather than providing support for particular projects or capital equipment, this monetary prize is designated for enrichment experiences that will help the winning artists pursue their personal and professional ambitions, and achieve their full artistic potential.” An “enrichment experience” can be defined as a tipping point for an artist that will enhance their professional capabilities in a tangible way. One prize of $5,000 will be awarded in June 2016. The deadline for entries is April 25, 2016.

Applicants and interested community members are encouraged to attend a Meet the Artists & Information Reception on March 29, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Louisville, 325 W. Main Street, Suite #1110, Louisville, KY 40202. Space is limited. To reserve a seat for the session, RSVP online at www.louisvillevisualart.org/hadley.  The required online application for the 2016 Hadley Prize is available at the same site.

The 2015 Mary Alice Hadley Prize recipient was Julie Leidner a writer, illustrator and collage artist working on a documentary-style graphic novel about pioneering feminist social activists in Kentucky in collaboration with another local artist, Katy Delahanty.  Julie, Katy and other former winners including mosaic artist, Tracy Pennington, and printmaker, Susanna Crum, will also be on hand to share their experiences.


Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and current members of LVA 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. There is no submission fee to the Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art.

Artists working in the following media are eligible to apply: ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, 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. Emerging or established artists may apply. An emerging or an established artist could be someone who started working in the visual arts after age 50, but who is seriously in pursuit of achieving their full artistic potential.

Information About Submissions

“The Mary Alice Hadley Prize is an investment in creative capital for Louisville– an opportunity for local artists to enhance their careers with an enrichment experience,” says Lindy Casebier, Executive Director of Louisville Visual Art.  “The Hadley Prize will place more emphasis on the quality of the enrichment experience opportunity, and less emphasis on the artists’ work itself. Artists applying for the Prize should clearly demonstrate how the enrichment experience would be critical to their professional and personal development.”

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 an administrative partner to the project and competition process. For more information, please contact Louisville Visual Art at [email protected] or 502.584.8166.