What We Do

We select our region’s finest artists through a competitive process, using independent expert panels, and honor these artists with unrestricted cash prizes, promotion, and recognition with an award at the annual SVArts celebration.

Who We Serve

We serve Santa Clara County artists across multiple disciplines, as showcased in our SVLaureate Directory. These artists were selected for the quality of their work and their commitment to enriching our community with exhibitions, performances, presentations, and service. Additionally, we serve the broader community by introducing new artists and new artwork to arts lovers, students, and community leaders.

Why It’s Important

Artists contribute to a vibrant and creative community and bring joy and learning to our lives. We believe they deserve our encouragement, recognition, and financial support.

What’s Been Done

  • Celebrated the achievements of over 140 artists since 1991, across a wide range of artistic disciplines, and invested over $400,000 in their work.
  • Developed an SVLaureate Directory to highlight the work of these artists and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Artist Laureate program in 2015.
  • Expanded the annual celebration into SVArts, including a special edition of Content Magazine featuring the Laureate.

What’s Next

The 2018 recipients will be announced in June 2018.