Call for nominations:

2017 Nominations are currently closed. Thank you to all you that nominated.

The 2017 winners of the Cleveland Arts Prize will be announced to the public on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at MOCA Cleveland at 6pm


Nomination Process and Eligibility

The Cleveland Arts Prize staff and board actively encourage nominations from a broad range of community leaders and arts organizations and community. It is only through a public online nomination process that candidates can be submitted for consideration.

CALL for 2017 Nominations: January 2, 2017 - February 28, 2017 at midnight.

INELIGIBILITY: incomplete or late forms, past winners, self-nominations, nominations that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.

Honors & Awards






Emerging Artist Award ($10,000)

Two Emerging prizes are awarded to artists currently living, or who have resided, worked or trained 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 Cleveland Arts Prize Committee created the Robert P. Bergman Prize to acknowledge and applaud those rare leaders whose life and work are illuminated by an energetic and inspiring dedication to a democratic vision of the arts. Thus, the Bergman Prize is given to an individual(s) whose life, personality, and efforts have not only embraced the enrichment of spirit, and deep human relevance, but also communicated these dimensions to broad segments of the Northeast Ohio community. The Bergman Prize recognizes the highest possible expression arts stewardship.




Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service to the Arts

The Martha Joseph Prize e is awarded annually to individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the vitality and stature of the arts in Northeast Ohio through exceptional commitment, vision, leadership or philanthropy. This service to the community may be made through the conception and implementation of innovative arts events and programs; through the demonstration of visionary and/or strategic arts leadership; through extraordinary acts of arts patronage or arts advocacy; through dedicated and inspiring teaching; through the sensitive and effective nurturing of artistic talent; or through superb performance and/or mastery in an arts discipline.


Cleveland Arts Prize

P.O. Box 21126