2018 Global Fine Art Awards

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Please submit your photos and video for your Nominated exhibition of the 2018 GFAA Awards! 

Select the appropriate award category, and submit descriptions, photos and videos of the exhibition for approved usage in the GFAA program*; – Please see submit button below and upload by Oct 1, 2018

About the GFAA Program

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 fifth edition.

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.

Selection and Voting 

In August, the Nominating Committee convened to review the list of all potential nominees, and deliberates to select a proposed slate, and the Judges voted.

The 2018 nominees will be announced on October 9. 

GFAA will announce the Nominees via international press release, and on the GFAA website in October 2018. The Winners are announced live in NYC at the award ceremony in March 2019.

The 2018 edition is comprised of 94 nominees from 31 countries, 49 cities and 6 continents. 13 winners were selected by GFAA Judges, and a new Award was created this year, Global Artists - which was juried as well. 

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.

GFAA Judges

The 2018 GFAA Jury is comprised of these highly-esteemed art professionals:

- Savita Apte, Art historian and lecturer specializing in Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art

- Dr. James M. Bradburne, Director General of the Pinacoteca di Brera and the Biblioteca Braidense, Milan

- Gina Costa, Art historian and curator, previously at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago

- Dr. Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Professor of Art, Philosophy and Law, University of London

- Dr. Joe Lin-Hill, Deputy Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

- Dean Phelus, American Alliance of Museum's Senior Director of Leadership Programs

GFAA Research and Nominating Committee

-Research Chair Kimberly Lin– BA in Art History in modern and contemporary art from the UC Berkeley; Degree in fashion design from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; Post War Contemporary Art program, Sotheby’s London

- Nominating Committee Chair Betsie Piussan– MBA from NYU; BA Stanford University, studied at l’Université de Paris and l’Ecole du Louvre, Design Certificate NY School of Interior Design

-Peter Trippi– Editor-in-Chief, Fine Art Connoisseur magazine; GFAA Judge Emeritus

-Salwa Mikdadi– Associate Professor of Art History, NYU Abu Dhabi

-Patricia Lannes– Founder of Cultures and Literacies through Art for the 21st Century; Chair, Global Latino Network AAM

-Renee Farina– Biennale di Firenze (Florence) International Selection Committee; Gallery owner; formerly of Christie’s Masters, Modern and Contemporary Departments, NYC, former GFAA Research Committee Chair

What Selected Nominees receive

All Nominees 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 some of the Nominees, which will be presented at the Award Ceremony, on the website and social media channels.  All Nominees are invited as our guests to the Award Ceremony in March, 2019, when the Winners will be revealed live at the red carpet gala.

Congratulations to the 2017 GFAA Winners!

Global Planet

Andy Goldsworthy /lifetime / global; England

Global Humanity

Shirin Neshat: The Home of My Eyes /Museo Correr / Venice, Italy

Best Contemporary / Post-War -Solo Artist

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors / Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden / Washington DC, USA

Best Contemporary / Post-War -Solo Artist

Abstract Expressionism / Royal Academy, Guggenheim Bilbao / London, England; Bilbao, Spain

Best Impressionist and Modern (1838-WWII) – Solo Artist

Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form /Pulitzer Arts Foundation / St. Louis, USA

Best Impressionist and Modern (1838-WWII) – Group or Theme

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932/Royal Academy of Arts / London, England

Best Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters and Dynasties (1200 - 1838) – Solo Artist

Raphael: The Drawings/Ashmolean Museum / Oxford, England

Best Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters and Dynasties (1200 - 1838) – Group or Theme

Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World through Medieval Eyes/The J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center / Los Angeles

Best Ancient Art (BC - approx 1200)

Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C-A.D 220) / The Metropolitan Museum of Art / NYC

Best Public or Outdoor Installation/Exhibition

The Garden - End of Times; Beginning of Times/ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum / Aarhus, Denmark

Best Design

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive/ Museum of Modern Art / NYC, USA

Best Photography

Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change/ International Center of Photography (ICP) / NYC, USA

Best Fringe / Alternative Exhibition

The Islamic Treasures of Africa. From Timbuktu to Zanzibar/ Institut du Monde Arabe / Paris, France

Honorable mention:

Farideh Lashai: When I Count, There Are Only You… But When I Look, There Is Only a Shadow / Museo del Prado and The British Museum / Madrid, Spain; London, England


A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC - 200 AD / Onassis Cultural Center New York / NYC, USA

Honorable mention:

Lawrence Alma-Tadema / Fries Museum, Belvedere Museum, Leighton House Museum / Leeuwarden, Netherlands / Vienna, Austria / London, England


Lawrence Alma-Tadema / Fries Museum, Belvedere Museum, Leighton House Museum / Leeuwarden, Netherlands / Vienna, Austria / London, England

2018 Global Fine Art Awards