• Awards and Fellowships

  • Vera List Center Fellowships

    These fellowships support individuals whose work advances discourse on art and politics. The appointments provide these individuals with the opportunity to further develop such work by drawing on the academic resources of The New School, to expand on the work in collaboration with students and classes, and to bring it to the public through the Vera List Center's interdisciplinary programs. Fellowship projects are selected following an open call for applications and relate to the current curatorial focus theme. They result in performances, concerts, exhibitions, lectures, online artworks, archives, or publications. Visit our website for more information and to learn how to apply.

    The Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics

    This prize honors an artist or group of artists who have taken great risks to advance social justice in profound and visionary ways. International in scope, the biennial prize is awarded for a particular project's long-term impact, boldness, and artistic excellence.

    The prize initiative unfolds across various platforms and over an extended period of time. It serves as a catalyst for activities that illuminate the important role of the arts in society and strengthen teaching and learning at The New School in art and design, social science, philosophy, and civic engagement. More than a single moment of recognition, it represents a long-term commitment to the question of how the arts advance social justice and how we speak of, evaluate, and teach about such work.

    An exhibition of the winning project, a conference, various classes, and an online and print publication featuring select nominated projects including the prize recipient complement a cash award and short-term New York City residency for the honoree. In the spirit of the center's 25-year history, the prize provides the opportunity for an ongoing public conversation on art and social justice as a global issue that engages audiences in New York City, nationally, and around the world.

    Visit our website for more information and recent winners.

    The Vera List New School Art Collection Writing Awards

    This program offers New School students an annual opportunity to directly engage with the university’s legendary art collection. Established in 1996 by collection namesake and life trustee Vera List, the awards celebrate the dynamic between art, politics, and critical theory at The New School and are given for the best essays inspired by works in the university’s art collection. Visit our website for more information about the awards and how to enter.

    Student Fellowships

    The Vera List Center for Art and Politics offers two graduate student fellowships annually to New School students. The fellowships link VLC programming closely with the student community and highlight specific areas of study. Fellows receive a stipend and a small events budget with which they can create student-focused programming utilizing the VLC's resources.

    The Graduate Student Fellowship in International Affairs is co-sponsored by the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School. The fellow works closely with VLC staff to amplify those programs that focus on international affairs.

    The Graduate Student Fellowship in Art and Social Justice is co-sponsored by the the Social Justice Committee at The New School. This fellow assists in various aspects of the center's social justice-focused programs and is tasked with establishing and maintaining vibrant and reciprocal connections between the center and the Social Justice Committee as well as other social justice efforts at the university.

    For information on the current Graduate Student Fellows, please visit the center's Staff page. Students interested in applying to the fellowships can email us at vlc@newschool.edu.