The AAF Prize for Fine Arts
Each year, The AAF Prize for Fine Arts (formerly The Daisy Soros Prize and The Hayward Prize) offers US fine arts graduate students, or those who have completed their graduate studies within the past two years, the opportunity to study at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Salzburg in Austria. The AAF Prize for Fine Arts is funded through the generosity of AAF trustee Gerhard Seebacher and his wife Angelika.
Founded in 1953 by world-famous painter Oskar Kokoschka, the International Summer Academy offers an unrivalled environment, with work sites at the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Old Salt Factory on Perner Insel (Island) on the Salzach River. This particular international experience gives young artists not only the opportunity to study with well-known and respected international artists from around the world, but also the chance to immerse themselves in a program that is both rich in cultural tradition and academically challenging.
The Summer Academy's 2013 course listing can be found here; please visit their website for additional information on the Academy and its programs.
Up to five Fine Arts fellows are selected annually by a jury of artists and arts professionals, chaired by the Summer Academy's Director, Dr. Hildegund Amanshauser. Fellows are invited to attend a specific course at the Summer Academy and participate in daily classes for two to five weeks, depending on the length of the course selected, studying with distinguished international artists such as Christoph Draeger, Manfred Pernice, and Matts Leiderstam.
The fellowship covers tuition to one Summer Academy course, $1,000 for travel expenses, accommodation in Summer Academy’s approved student housing, and a small stipend.