American artists and craftspeople are recognized every two years by a series of monetary grants. It is the intention of the Foundation to support artists whose work shows promise, but who have not yet received widespread critical acclaim or commercial recognition; enabling foremost the opportunity to produce new work and continue their development. Award winners are selected from nominees proposed by the Foundation’s trustees, artists, critics, and museum professionals throughout the United States.
The nominees submit various materials which are reviewed by a jury consisting of a committee of Foundation trustees, as well as a changing roster of artists, critics, and museum professionals. Winners are selected for their talent, promise, and individual artistic strength. The 2011 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Awards has been administered by Artists Space.