What are the Artist Innovator Awards?
Beginning in 2020, the Artist Innovator Awards are intended to recognize excellence within the York County arts community.  The Arts and Culture sector of York County is a vital aspect of both our cultural diversity, and our economy, and we seek to raise the visibility of our local artists.

​Two awards of $10,000 will be given out annually in October to artists living in York County for at least the past year.  Winners will be chosen by a blind panel of jurors from across the country, based solely on the artists York365 portfolio. Portfolios will be adjudicated based on technical proficiency, artistic expression, and innovation in their field of study.

Artists working in any discipline or multiple disciplines are eligible to win the Award.  Once awarded, the artist will be ineligible to win again for 5 years. Organizations and venues are not eligible.

Read about our 2021 Winners, Ralph Washington and Warkenda Williams-Casey

The York365 website and Artist Innovator Award is managed by The York County Cultural Alliance. All inquiries regarding eligibility should be directed to Rita@culturalyork.org

Artist’s have until August 31st, 2022 to create or update their portfolio. To be eligible for the Artist Innovator Award, you must :

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have been a legal resident of the York County for at least 1 year
  • Have created all work in your portfolio within the last 5 years. 

How to submit 
Your portfolio on the York365 website serves as your submission for the Artist Innovator Awards.

Click here for full instructions and tips on creating your artist profile

ATTN: Artists who created a profile on York365.com prior to March 1, 2020 should update their profile to “opt-in” and select their primary category before the August 31st cutoff date.

At the specified time, the website will automatically create a cloned copy of each artists portfolio to be used for adjudication. After that time, artists may still update their public portfolio to be used for their own purposes, but these updates will not be judged until the following year.

Awardees may be required to provide additional proof of age and residency beyond information requested through the online self-nomination process.

​There is no “submit” button. All artists with an active portfolio on August 31st at 5pm will have their work reviewed by this years anonymous jury.
Artists are able to choose to opt out of being reviewed for the award if they so choose.

Tutorial for setting up a profile on York365.com