CalArts presents the Alpert Award in the Arts Film/Video Visual Arts Theatre Dance Music The Alpert Award in the Arts

In the spirit of the partnership between The Herb Alpert Foundation and CalArts, the Alpert Award has developed collaborative relationships with five residency programs, all of whom honor and support talented artists, and their forays into the unknown.

Alpert/Hedgebrook Residency Prize
awarded to a woman playwright

Sharon Bridgforth, Austin, TX

Alpert/Hedgebrook Prize

Hedgebrook is a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island—48 beautiful acres where writers working in all genres come from all over the world to write, rejuvenate and be in community with each other. Writers stay in one of six handcrafted cottages from two weeks to two months at no cost to the writer, and gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked meal in the evenings.

In 2008, Hedgebrook celebrates 20 years of nurturing and amplifying women’s voices—building an international community of more than 1,000 women who have experienced Hedgebrook’s radical hospitality, and connecting their work with readers and audiences. Imagine the ripple effect, as thousands more readers and audiences experience these writers’ visions.

Selected by respective AAIA panels

The recipients of the
Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship

Donald Byrd, Seattle, WA

Charlotte Meehan, Norton, MA

Joan Braderman, Northampton, MA
Bill Brown, Lubbock, TX
Peter Hutton, Tivoli, NY
Sharon Lockhart, Los Angeles

Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship

Founded in 1907 and situated on 450 acres of woodlands and fields in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the MacDowell Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of imagination. Fellows include architects, composers, film and video makers, writers and interdisciplinary and visual artists.

Recommended by AAIA panels in their discipline and chosen by MacDowell panelists

Alpert/Ragdale Prize
in music composition

Eve Beglarian, New York

Alpert/Ragdale Prize

Located in Lake Forest, Illinois, one hour north of Chicago, Ragdale is the fourth largest artist community in the country, serving 200 writers, visual artists and composers a year. Housed in the 1897 buildings which were Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s summer home, Ragdale is known for its combination of welcoming domestic spaces, open prairie and supportive artistic community. Twelve residents at a time enjoy uninterrupted time in which to think, renew and create new work away from the demands of daily life.

Selected by respective AAIA panels

Alpert/Ucross Residency Prize

John Luther Adams, Fairbanks, AK
Larry Karush, Los Angeles
Bun-Ching Lam, Poestenkill, NY

Visual Arts
Lyle Ashton Harris, New York
Rodney McMillian, Los Angeles
Joel Tauber, Los Angeles

Alpert/Ucross Residency Prize

Located on a 22,000-acre working cattle ranch in northeastern Wyoming, the Ucross Foundation is an internationally known retreat for artists, writers, and composers working in all creative disciplines. Founded in 1981, it provides living accommodations, studio space, uninterrupted time, and the experience of the extraordinary High Plains landscape to approximately 90 individuals each year. Twenty-two visual artists and composers have been supported by Ucross/Alpert Residency Prizes during the past five years. A recipient of the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts, Ucross aims to cast a reflection into the future from the cultural mirror of our lives and times.

Selected by respective AAIA panels
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