Founded in 2001, the goal of the Rhizome Commissions Program is to support emerging artists by providing grants for the creation of significant works of new media art. By new media art, we mean projects that creatively engage new and networked technologies and works that reflect on the broader social and political impact of these tools and media in a variety of forms. Rhizome defines emerging artist as artists who exhibit great potential yet are not fully recognized within their field. Commissioned works can take the final form of web-based works, works that engage mobile platforms, performance, video, installation or sound art. Projects can be made for the context of the gallery, the public, the web or networked devices. Rhizome Commissions awards generally range from $1,000 to $5,000.

In this funding cycle, Rhizome will award ten grants:

  • eight grants will be determined by a jury of experts in the field,
  • and two will be determined by Rhizome’s membership through an open vote.

The commission awards will be determined by a jury consisting of

  • Tina Kukelski, formerly of the Whitney Museum of American Art, currently one of the curators for the Carnegie International 2012;
  • Candice Madey, founder of On Stellar Rays gallery,
  • Domenico Quaranta, writer and media art historian.

Two awards will be determined by Rhizome&8217;s membership through an open vote.