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NOVA Prize for Emerging New Media Artists Launched

The Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation and the Big House Contemporary Art Center in Wuhan, China, have established a new $16,000 award, called the NOVA Prize, that celebrates emerging artists who work in new media. The organizations announced that the juried competition is accepting applications from May 15 to July 30 and will reveal the winner of the inaugural prize on August 30.

The recipients will also be able to stage an exhibition at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, that will travel to the Big House Contemporary Art Center and then to a location in New York, which has yet to be announced.

“We are initiating this prize to support emerging talents and to offer contemporary art experiences and education for the public,” said Cui Qiao, president of the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation. “The NOVA Prize aims to inspire and encourage emerging artists to explore the intersection of art and technology and redefine the two disciplines.”

The seven-person jury comprises artist Cao Fei; Martin Honzik, director of the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria; Huang Xufu, cofounder of the contemporary arts museum M Woods in Beijing; Li Zhenhua, curator of the film sector for Art Basel Hong Kong; Christiane Paul, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Margit Rosen, director of the collections department, archives, and research at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany; Qiu Zhijie, artist and institute director at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.