The GFAA open call period is live now!
Selected Nominees will be notified via email in the fall; please refer to our social media and website for the final judges' list by Sep 15, 2020
***Announcing the NEW GFAA Award Category - Best Digital Exhibition or Educational Program!!! ***
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 sixth edition.
Art Research Process
Throughout the year, the GFAA Art Research Committee looks for the best exhibitions and installations across the globe.The committee relies on and thoroughly reviews over 50 sources of art critique and editorial as the basis for its research and selection of nominees, vetting more than 2,000 exhibitions during the process.
Selection and Voting
In August, the GFAA Nominating Committee convenes to review the list of all potential nominees. It deliberates to select a proposed slate, and the Judges vote.
This year's nominees will be announced in September 2020.
GFAA will announce the nominees via press release and on the GFAA website. The winners will be announced live at the award ceremony in Spring 2021.
The sixth edition of GFAA, awarded in May 2020, featured 99 nominees from 27 countries, 75 cities and 6 continents. 13 winners were selected by GFAA Judges.
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.
The 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. 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; formerly of Christie’s Masters, Modern and Contemporary Departments, former GFAA Research Committee Chair
What Selected Nominees receive
All nominees will be featured in extensive marketing, social media, public relations and remain permanently on the GFAA website. Additionally, GFAA creates uniquely curated videos featuring some of the most popular nominees, which are shown at the Award Ceremony, posted on the website and social media channels. Nominees are invited to the Award Ceremony in the Spring 2021, when all are celebrated and the Winners will be revealed live!
Each year, all GFAA nominees are featured and recognized widely throughout the global art community - with many VIPs attending our events! Here are highlights from the first five years:
Key dates and information
Submissions will be accepted now through July 31, 2020 11:59 p.m. Eastern
To qualify for 7th Annual GFAA awards, the exhibition or installation must begin between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. (note: traveling exhibitions may enter the competition, with acknowledgement shared with partner institutions).
Selected submissions will receive notification of their status by September 1, 2020.
GFAA will issue a press release announcing the Nominees in fall 2020. GFAA will celebrate all Nominees and announce the Winners in spring 2021 at a black-tie Ceremony and Gala.