VSA/Volkswagen Group of America Exhibition Program
For the past ten years, VSA and Volkswagen Group of America have teamed up to recognize and showcase emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are living in the United States. This collaboration supports these artists at a critical time when many are deciding whether to pursue the arts as a career. The award validates, and helps finance, that life-defining choice.
Every year, fifteen artists are selected for the exhibition and share $60,000 in cash awards generously provided by Volkswagen Group of America: a $20,000 grand prize, a $10,000 first award, a $6,000 second award, and 12 awards of excellence of $2,000 each.
2013: Sustaining and Creating in St. Petersburg Russia
In October 2013, under the sponsorship of VSA/Volkswagen Group of America, VSA sent Sustaining and Creating, a juried exhibition of artwork by 15 emerging artists with disabilities, to St. Petersburg,Russia where it was exhibited at The Russian Museum. The exhibition highlights the nascent talent and artwork of 15 past VSA/VW artists who portray unique and innovative viewpoints regarding sustainability, contemporary creativity, and the disability experience. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, founder of VSA, expressed her thoughts about the exhibition which you can watch by clicking on the following video. One of the artists, Will Copps, accompanied the exhibition to Russia and you can read about his experience at http://willcopps.com/?p=1084.View captioned video
2013: In/finite Earth
In/finite Earth asked emerging artists to showcase work that illuminates innovative viewpoints at the intersection of environmentalism, creativity, and disability. Regardless of continent, country, or culture, over six billion people draw sustenance from the shared resources of our planet, repercussions for which are still unfolding. In/finite Earth is a call to artists to engage in the physical, emotional, and creative ties we share across our planet, and present their artistic perspectives regarding the natural world, sustainability, and our collective future.VSA Exhibition
2012: Sustaining/ Creating
Sustaining/ Creating asked emerging artists to showcase work that illuminates innovative viewpoints on sustainability and contemporary creativity. Beyond its scientific definition, sustainability references notions of responsibility and stewardship of our natural world in all facets of human interaction–from the environmental to the cultural. Sustainability indicates the capacity to endure.
Momentum asked artists to examine the creative spark behind their work. What is the force that drives their artistic interest? What informs the path they take each day as they move toward their future? The resulting exhibition showcased the diverse viewpoints and variety of creative processes of these emerging artists as they gain momentum in their artistic trajectories.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts