Since 2004, the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship fund has awarded 30 fellowships totaling $600,000, according to Efroymson Family Fund manager Joanna Nixon. Once a fellow is chosen, he or she receives $20,000 in three installments.

The selection panel is composed of influential artists, curators and administrators from across the country. Without knowing the artists’ names or cities of residence, judges look at four aspects: the quality and skillfulness of the artist’s work; the artist’s creativity and uniqueness; the artist’s commitment to professional growth; and the impact the award would have on the artist’s career.

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