The competition, now in its second year, is the concept of Miami-based philanthropist Carlos Malamud, who sponsors the prize from a commitment to mentorship and sustained support for up-and-coming artists.
Judging takes place in two phases with the first resulting in finalists’ group exhibitions, held next summer at Rollins Museum and UCF Art Gallery. The exhibits will include up to 10 artists, each showing between three and five works at both venues. The artists will engage directly with faculty, curators, and additional contacts throughout the art community.
The winning artist, selected from the exhibited works, will receive a $10,000 cash prize, a solo exhibition at the UCF Art Gallery in the fall of 2025, and access to a local financial advisor for assistance in building a full-time art career. The winner will also participate as a juror for the next edition of the competition.
Rollins Museum of Art recently hosted the first solo museum exhibit of inaugural Pathways prizewinner, Eugene Ofori Agyei. Based in Gainesville, the 30-year-old multimedia artist finds inspiration in the experiences he encountered while relocating to the U.S. from his native Ghana during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. He creates sculptures and installations that embody feelings of belonging, displacement and identity.
The submission period for the next Pathways competition opened on Sept. 5 and runs through Oct. 29. Details on submissions are available at Submittable.com, finalists will be notified the week of Dec. 18.