The LEAP Award was established in 2007 in honor of Contemporary Craft Director of Exhibitions Kate Lydon’s 20-years of service. The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market.

The yearlong retail program features, markets, and sells the work of one winner, who also receives a $1000 prize, and four finalists.

For full details and to apply, visit


Organization/Company: Contemporary Craft
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Deadline: October 30, 2021
How to Apply: Visit:

1. Entry Fee: A non-refundable $25 entry fee is required and can be paid online or by check (see below for further details). Please place your name in the memo section of the check. The entry fee supports the award prize.

2. LEAP Online Application Form (opens August 24, 2021)

Statement - articulating why you believe you are an “emerging” artist and how this award will benefit your studio practice (250-word maximum);
Resume in pdf format (file size must be under 1MB);
Artist statement in pdf format (file size must be under 1MB);
6 representative images similar in quality and nature to the work the artist would enter if selected as a finalist, images need not be the exact pieces the artist intends to enter;
Each uploaded file must be labeled with your full name and content. For example: sally.smith.resume.pdf or sally.smith.image1.jpg
You will receive a notification from The Store once we receive all the materials.