2021 Abbey Mural Prize / Calls & Submissions
The National Academy of Design invites artists, architects, arts and community-based organizations, and other nonprofits to submit applications for the 2021 Abbey Mural Prize.
Created in 1932 through an endowed bequest in honor of illustrator and muralist Edwin Austin Abbey, the Abbey Mural Prize awards grants to support the commission of public murals in the United States. Building on a tradition of public murals as instruments of social activism, neighborhood revitalization, and community engagement, the Abbey Mural Prize aims to broaden support and recognition of the vital role that murals play in making public space more open and accessible.
Juried by the Academy’s Abbey Mural Committee, the Abbey Mural Prize supports projects by individuals or organizations with grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000. Grants will be awarded for the creation or restoration of public murals, especially those that promote accessibility, serve local audiences, and inspire community dialogue. Funded projects must be in or on public buildings or on buildings owned by charitable institutions; otherwise, there are no restrictions. While murals are conventionally defined as paintings or mosaics on a wall, the Abbey Mural Prize encourages proposals that broaden the definition of what a public mural can be.
The Abbey Mural Prize is made possible by the Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Trust Fund for Mural Painting in the United States. Since 1940, the Academy has awarded prize funds to dozens of public mural initiatives throughout America.