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Purpose and Goal of the Exhibition Award
The Exhibition Award was created in 1998 to honor the talent and artistic vision of our founder, Emily Hall Tremaine. Her passion for art and support of living artists inspired, challenged, and brought joy to those around her.
Through the competitive triennial application process, the Exhibition Award fuels Emily’s trailblazing spirit by giving life to a thematic exhibition of contemporary art that are fresh and experimental in nature.
We provide support when funding is not readily available through traditional avenues.
We also support curators in fully exploring a concept that will manifest in a new or unconventional aesthetic, or in unconventional or challenging historical, cultural and/or social frameworks.
Jasper Johns | Three Flags | 1958
Our Unique Origin Story: The Tremaine Collection
The Tremaine art collection was widely considered to be one of the finest reflections of contemporary art before it was sold to create the asset base for the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. It stood as a visual testament to the refined and courageous taste of its collectors, Burton and Emily Hall Tremaine.
Emily Hall Tremaine’s artistic vision helped her to collect works from artists who at the time were just starting to define contemporary art. Together, the Tremaines selected works that would influence successive generations of artists and art collectors. In the words of Robert Rosenblum, the collection in its entirety invoked “new constellations of meaning and importance.” It broke with tradition and convention yet conveyed a sense of spirituality and contemplation. Its complexity offered many layers of meaning and insight to the viewer. For these reasons, the Exhibition Award encourages curators to challenge conventional thought through the exploration of critical ideas.
View selected images and information about the former Tremaine Collection here.
Exhibition Award Components
The Exhibition Award includes the following four components.
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Guidelines & Eligibility
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