Fred Meyland-Smith, Susan Barry & Shannon Westerman
at the announcement ceremony.

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On March 21, Shannon Westerman, Executive Director of the Louisville Visual Art Association (LVAA), and Susan Barry, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville, announced that the application for the Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art is now available. 


This prize is a $5,000 award for one local visual artist to participate in enrichment experiences that will help them pursue their personal ambitions and achieve their full artistic potential. This award is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Louisville and the Louisville Visual Art Association, which is managing the application and selection process.

“We are absolutely thrilled to introduce this award for visual artists in Louisville,” said Susan Barry. “Mary Alice already has such a tremendous legacy in our community because of Hadley Pottery. We wanted to build on that legacy and support her passion for visual art in a fresh way, so we created this award to honor the past while enriching the lives of artists for the future.”

To be eligible, applicants must be members of the Louisville Visual Art Association living in the Louisville Metro area, including Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Bullitt, Nelson, Meade, Trimble and Henry Counties in Kentucky; and Clark, Harrison, Floyd and Washington Counties in Indiana. Artists seeking more detailed information on the application process are encouraged to attend one of two information sessions scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, at the Community Foundation of Louisville, 325 West Main Street. There will be a morning session at 9 a.m. and another at 3 p.m.

The $5,000 M.A. Hadley Prize is awarded from the George and Mary Alice Hadley Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville. This endowment was established in 1991, and it supports the arts and humanities, particularly visual arts, crafts, theater and the Louisville Free Public Library. Mary Alice Hadley established one of Louisville’s most iconic and well-known potteries and was renowned for her unique paintings as well as clay ware.

The application is available on LVAA’s website: The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2013.