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May 29, 2018

Nova Prize for Emerging New Media Artists Launched

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

The recipients will also be able to stage an exhibition at the Prix Ars Electronica Festival in Austria that will travel to the Big House Contemporary Art Center in Wuhan 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 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 & research at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany; Qiu Zhijie, artist and the institute director of experimental at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

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