The Burke Prize is a contemporary art prize for a new generation of artists working in a world of expanded media with a foundation in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood. Selected by a diverse and distinguished jury of curators, artists, and scholars through an open-call application process, the Burke Prize winner receives an unrestricted award of $50,000 and a major exhibition with a select group of finalists at the Museum.   

Inspired by the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement, the Burke Prize is named for Marian and Russell Burke, two longtime supporters of MAD and passionate collectors of craft. Established in 2018, the Burke Prize honors exceptional artists under the age of 45 working in the United States whose highly accomplished work is conceptually rigorous, relevant, and pushes the boundaries of materials and creative processes.  

The Museum presents an exhibition of works by the finalists in the fall of the year the Prize is awarded. The winner is announced at the MAD Ball, the Museum’s annual fundraising gala. 

The finalists are also eligible for The Burke Residency, offered by The Coming Museum of Glass to one artist biannually. The artist selected will be awarded a one month to five-week residency at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. The Burke Residency artist will receive all the benefits and opportunities awarded to artists selected for The Corning Studio’s Artist-in-Residence Program.

Important information: The Burke Prize will be awarded every 2 years after 2019. The next winner will be announced in 2021. The application cycle for the 2021 Burke Prize will take place in 2020.

2021 Jurors

Indira Allegra, Artist and Burke Prize 2019 Winner

Elissa Auther, Ph. D, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator (chair)

Andrew Gardner, Curatorial Assistant, Architecture & Design, The Museum of Modern Art

Gabriel de Guzman, Curator & Director of Exhibitions, Smack Mellon Gallery

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