Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA) is the first annual award program ever created to recognize the best curated art and design exhibitions and installations around the world. The research and judging criteria are innovation and excellence in exhibition design, historical context, educational value, and public appeal. This year is the fourth edition.
The 2017 edition of GFAA presents two new awards – Global Planet and Global Humanity. These awards further highlight the program’s mission to broaden the audience for art and elevate its importance in society.
The new awards are similar to the existing awards, with an important distinction. In addition to reviewing curated exhibitions, the GFAA committee and judges will consider recognizing an individual working in any field of art best exemplifying the four existing criteria for GFAA- and based on how the nominated work or individual excels in conservation of art or the planet (Global Planet Award), or in communicating the importance of benevolence in humanity (Global Humanity Award).
Art organizations and individuals are invited to submit nominations for these and all categories of the GFAA program, now through June 10, 2017. To qualify for 2017 awards, the exhibition or installation must begin between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017
Art Research Process
Throughout the year, the GFAA Art Research Committee searches to identify the best exhibitions and installations across the globe. The basis for the research and selection of nominees is ongoing and thorough review of over 50 sources of art editorial and critique. More than 2,000 exhibitions are vetted during the process.
Open Call Process
In addition to the research-based nominations, GFAA accepts open calls from museums, biennials, fairs, galleries and other art organizations. Individual patrons may nominate as well.
Submissions for the 2017 GFAA awards are made online
Deadline: June 10, 2017. Fee: $180 per submission.
Selection and Voting
In August, the Nominating Committee convenes to review the list of all potential nominees, and deliberates to select a proposed slate.
In September, the Judges review the proposed slate, then make additions and deletions to create the official list of nominees. The 2017 nominees will be announced in early October. The Judges first vote for the top contenders in each award category to select the award Finalists. A final round of judging and deliberation is done to select the winners- one in each award category.
GFAA will announce the Nominees via international press release, and on the GFAA website in October 2017. Finalists will be announced by early November. The Winners are announced live in NYC at the award ceremony in February 2018.
The 2016 edition recognized 78 nominees from 22 countries, 52 cities and 5 continents. A total of 33 finalists, and 11 winners were selected by GFAA Judges.
Two additional awards, Youniversal and YOU-2, are determined by online and social media public voting. All Nominees are eligible to win these coveted awards.
The Award Categories
The 2017 GFAA Jury is comprised of these highly-esteemed art professionals:
GFAA Research Committee
GFAA Nominating Committee
Key dates and information
What Selected Nominees receive
All Nominees and Finalists will be featured in extensive marketing, social media, public relations and permanently on the GFAA website. Additionally, GFAA will create a uniquely curated video for each of the Finalists, which will be presented at the Award Ceremony, on the website and social media channels. All Nominees and Finalists are invited as our guests to the Award Ceremony in February, 2018, when the Winners will be revealed live at the red carpet gala.