The Lumen Prize Call for Entry is now open. Artwork submissions can be made at The Lumen Prize.
Right now, it feels like we are witnessing the blossoming of a once-in-a-generation art movement. This new award acknowledges the significance of that moment.
Nurturing a movement requires a flywheel of support. By sponsoring the inaugural Generative Art Award, Metaversal’s ultimate ambition is to shine a spotlight on this movement and the pioneering artists at its forefront. In doing so, we hope to encourage artists from all backgrounds, whether new or seasoned, to participate by submitting work. If any artists are reading this, the Call for Entry closes May 26, 2023 on the Lumen Prize website.
In fact, generative and AI art are critical continuations of traditional art historical canon. You wouldn’t have pixelation without Impressionism. You wouldn’t have Tyler Hobbs without Sol LeWitt. You wouldn’t have XCOPY without the haunting, frenetic paintings of Francis Bacon.
On top of the democratizing effects of blockchain technology, generative art also brings new benefits to the table. Collecting art is most fun when you can own unique items — ones you can truly call “yours.” Automation makes this feasible at scale.
We also look actively to support artists in creative ways rather than as passive investors — we co-create commissioned projects, help amplify artists’ stories, and connect artists with creative tools to explore new means of expression.
We have moved beyond “traditional” digital tools such as 3D and design software toward algorithms and artificial intelligence, inherently expanding the definition of digital art as a genre. The advent of these systems also raises new questions about the nature of creativity, the role of the artist, and the relationship between art and technology.
Through the new Generative Art Award, we aim to further widen the participation of artists from all backgrounds, and especially from underrepresented regions of the world. We’re so pleased that ArtxCode is also sponsoring all applications by women to the Award. Interested qualifying applicants can reach out directly to their Twitter account.
Aleksandra Artamonovskaja is the Founder of Electric Artefacts studio for digital art, and partnerships lead at Joyn.xyz, the co-creation platform for Web3 communities. She has led award-winning Web3 art projects and is a prominent speaker, writer, and educator on the role of decentralized technologies in the creative industry.
Matt Miller is a lead art collector and investment analyst at Metaversal. He brings a real estate and finance background with a passion and enthusiasm for digital art and, in particular, generative art. He also co-hosts the Twitter Spaces, Art Unfiltered alongside VonMises, ayyybee, and esteemed guests.
Julia Tao leads marketing, content, and partnerships at Metaversal. She writes and advocates for inclusivity, partnership, and a human-centered approach to building the creative and technological revolution of Web3. Prior to Metaversal, she was a founding member of a Web3 female-led startup incubator, a service design and change management consultant, and a marketing strategist in tech corporations and startups.
Thefunnyguys was Metaversal’s first investment analyst and currently serves as a trusted advisor. He is a Belgian generative art collector who shares his collection with his two brothers. He has been collecting NFTs since late 2020 and, since discovering Art Blocks, generative art has been his main passion. He is the Founder of the generative art fund and institution Le Random.
Gillian Varney leads strategic projects at Metaversal. With roots in the New York, Paris, London, and Los Angeles art worlds, she brings a uniquely global perspective to her work in Web3. Gillian has managed art and fashion collections for blue-chip clients, collected art for hedge fund executives, and directed global client service strategies for multicultural operations teams. She is passionate about preserving our shared cultural legacy across mediums, and looks to the metaverse as the future of creativity.
Carla Rapoport is an interdisciplinary arts entrepreneur, speaker, and writer who aims to create new audiences and opportunities for artists creating with technology around the world. In 2012, she founded The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology following a career as a financial journalist working for the Financial Times, Fortune Magazine, and The Economist Group. In 2018, she founded Lumen Art Projects to manage both the prize and a growing business that provides consultancy, exhibitions, and commissions featuring artists in the Lumen community to a global roster of clients. This community now numbers over 500 artists who have been longlisted, shortlisted, or won The Lumen Prize.