Established to generate forward-looking ideas to better our community through design and dialogue, the BDA Prize explores current topics for Charlottesville annually.
In light of recent events and discussions regarding the role of public sculpture, memorials and monuments, the 2018 BDA Prize seeks designs that express the identity and values of Charlottesville’s diverse community.
The prize fund includes a total of $8,000 — of which $5,000 are reserved for the Grand Prize winner.
The site for this year’s competition is the west end of Charlottesville’s downtown pedestrian mall, one of the longest pedestrian malls in the United States, designed by the acclaimed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin in 1976.
Submissions should highlight the potential of public art, and the visual arts in general, and contribute to intellectual and reflective conversations in Charlottesville and beyond.
The BDA Prize is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams.
Prizes for 2018
- One Grand Prize Award US $5,000
- Two Finalist Prizes US $1,000 (x 2)
- One Community Choice Award US $1,000
- Closing date for online registration – Midnight, 22nd February 2018
- Posters must be received by 4pm EST 23rd February 2018
- Gallery exhibition of all entries – 2nd March – 7th May 2018
- Announcement of winners and panel discussion – 10th April 2018