Artists of the Year Grant & Award

We are overwhelmed by the remarkably high aesthetic, technical and creative standard of the participating artists in our 2017 Artist of the Year Award. With visual artists from all 5 continents, working in disciplines that encompass the entire spectrum of visual art today, selecting the award recipient was not easy task. We have spent months reviewing each artist’s career, through the links they provided as well as through online research. We focused on the cohesiveness of each artist’s portfolio, the volume of works produced, their dedication to their practice as well as information on their qualifications, education, professional resume and curriculum vitae.

Read below the complete list of the Artist of the Year Award contestants and listed results. Each participating artist has been personally emailed and must reply back to our email in order to receive their Certificate in each category.

1st Place Award

1st Place Artist of the Year - Pavel Sokov
∙ 1 Free year of CFA Membership ∙ Artist of the Year Title + Certificate  ∙ 2000 Euro cash grant ∙

2nd Place Award

2nd Place Artist of the Year - Jenny Woods
1 Free year of CFA Membership ∙ Artist of the Year Title + Certificate ∙ Personal artist hardcover book ∙


The Top 10 Finalists of the Circle Foundation Artist of the Year Award received a list of prizes including, a permanent presentation on our website, certificates, as well as a double page spread in Spotlight Magazine.

Click on each image to read an interview with each artist.