2021 introduces the most significant change to the discipline prizes in CAP’s history. The 60 year nomination process is now open to applications. This change is an important step in making CAP more accessible and inclusive, and provides a greater opportunity for our jurors to discover new talent.


To submit an application, you must create a Submittable account. Below you will find criteria for each discipline category.


The public may still nominate a discipline candidate, however, and CAP will encourage them to apply.


Discipline Guidelines

To be considered for a Cleveland Arts Prize, discipline award applications must be completed in full and submitted before the noted deadline, May 1st, 2021. Specific criteria for each discipline is listed below.

Past Arts Prize winners are not eligible to win a Prize in the same category. Applicants may apply to a different category, however.

Applicants must currently or have previously lived or worked in Northeast Ohio.

Special Prize Guidelines

Special Prize candidates are considered through nomination only. The nominator is responsible for soliciting no more than 5 letters of support in favor of the nominee.

The submission of support letters is the responsibility of the nominator. Nominations without support letters will not be considered.


The nominator for a special prize candidate may suggest a specific award their candidate is best suited for, but the Cleveland Arts Prize Jury will make the final decision as to which Prize is awarded. Special Prize nominees are not notified of their nomination.


Determination of Winners

Winning applicants are selected by the Cleveland Arts Prize Jury. The jury is composed of artists, community leaders, and past winners. Their decision will be final and no further correspondence shall be considered.

The 2021 Jurors will be announced during the submission period.

Arts Prize Discipline and Special Prize Winners will be announced on or around August 1, 2021.


INELIGIBILITY: Incomplete or late forms, past winners in single categories will not be considered.





HONORS & AWARDS DISCIPLINE PRIZES VISUAL ARTS | MUSIC | LITERATURE | DESIGN | THEATRE & DANCE Emerging Artist Award ($10,000) Two Emerging prizes are awarded to artists currently living in Northeast Ohio who show remarkable promise and have created significant work or projects. Mid-Career Artist Award ($10,000) Two Mid-career prizes are awarded to artists who have received national recognition in addition to regional and local acclaim and have resided in Northeast Ohio. Lifetime Achievement Award ($10,000) One Lifetime achievement prize is awarded to an artist who has worked in Northeast Ohio over several decades and whose career and achievements have brought great distinction to themselves and the region.



Robert P. Bergman Prize

The Robert P. Bergman Prize is awarded to an individual whose life and work is illuminated by an energetic and inspiring dedication to a democratic vision of art. The Bergman Prize recognizes the highest possible expression of art stewardship through long term commitment.









Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service to the Arts

The Martha Joseph Prize is awarded to an individual or an organization that have made a significant contribution to the vitality and stature of the arts in northeast Ohio through exceptional commitment, vision, leadership, and/or philanthropy.






Barbara S. Robinson Prize for the Advancement of the Arts

The Barbara S. Robinson Prize is awarded to an individual or organization for extraordinary commitment to the advancement of the arts through leadership in policy, legislation, arts education and community development.



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