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In Support of Artistic Careers

Our Mission

The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg is a tribute to the life and work of the Luxembourg-born American artist and curator Edward Steichen. Aimed at supporting emerging practitioners in the field of contemporary visual arts, the prize honors Steichen's artistic achievements, as well as his commitment to advocating for the arts and nurturing new talent. The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg is conceived as a cross-cultural, artistical and educational bridge between Luxembourg and New York, the city that proved so fertile for Steichen himself.

Our Objectives

The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg is a biennial incentive supporting emerging European talents in the field of contemporary art. It was initiated in 2004 to create an opportunity for young artists to expand their horizon, as well as to contribute to establishing networks and deepen cultural understanding between international artistic communities. A particular emphasis is put on links between the art communities of Luxembourg and New York, where Edward Steichen gained artistic prominence. The main objective of our organization is therefore to offer young art practitioners the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culturally ebullient context of New York City during a residency of six, respectively four months at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), in Brooklyn, NY.

Residency-Time is Important!

The prolonged stay at ISCP offers the awardees precious time to reflect, explore and experiment in a new and particularly fertile cultural environment. Research has shown that generally, the experience of being in residence in another country fosters cultural awareness, as well as competences in organizational and managerial skills. Importantly, during a residency, artists also discover new ways to develop their work practices, and they are offered the opportunity to connect with other artists and build new networks.

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