Hadley Pottery Inspires Inaugural “Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art” Created by The Community Foundation of Louisville

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The inaugural Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art will be granted to one Louisville visual artist. Symbolic of what Mary Hadley started more than 70 years ago with her original designs, Hadley Pottery will design the physical award to be presented to the recipient of the prize with special care and attention to what MA Hadley would have painted if she were alive today.

"Hadley Pottery is thrilled to partner with Community Foundation of Louisville and Louisville Visual Arts Association on the inaugural MA Hadley Prize"

The brushstrokes of renowned artist Mary Alice Hadley who established one of Louisville’s most iconic and well-known potteries, Hadley Pottery, in 1939, will serve as inspiration for the inaugural Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art to be granted to one local visual artist. Symbolic of what Mary Hadley started more than 70 years ago with her original designs, Hadley Pottery will design the physical award to be presented to the recipient of the prize with special care and attention to what MA Hadley would have painted if she were alive today.

“Only after the work of our artists who actually create visual art on stoneware made of water and clay, is the pottery brought to life”, said Fred Meyland-Smith, one of the owners of Hadley Pottery. “Most of what we market today is a result of Mary Alice Hadley’s original designs and artistry, along with additions for a new generation of collectors, but she is still very much a part of everything we do at the pottery.”

The Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art was announced and applications became available on March 21, 2013, at the Louisville-based Hadley Pottery by the Community Foundation of Louisville. Created for local visual artists to participate in enrichment experiences that will help them pursue their personal ambitions and achieve their full artistic potential, the award is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Louisville and the Louisville Visual Art Association, which is managing the application and selection process.

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.

“We are absolutely thrilled to introduce this award for visual artists in Louisville,” said Susan Barry, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “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.”

The application deadline is April 30, 2013. Applications will be accepted online only at http://www.HadleyPrize.com and must include a portfolio of five sample works of art. For more information on the M.A. Hadley Prize for Visual Art, please contact the Louisville Visual Art Association at info@louisvillevisualart.org or call 502-584-8166 x109.
Mary Alice Hadley (1911-1965) was born into a family of clay tile makers. She exhibited an early interest in art and design and became a widely recognized painter, winning numerous awards and acclaim from New York to Los Angeles. In the late 1930’s Mary Alice began melding her artistic talent with her knowledge of clay ware. She made a set of dishes for her houseboat in 1939 and created such a stir among her friends and acquaintances that the idea for a business was born. With the help of her husband George, the Hadley Pottery Company was formed in 1940. Many of Mary Alice’s original art pieces are on display in the Hadley Pottery factory in the Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville, including several wall murals all hand-painted by Mary Alice herself. The business prospered, attracting collectors from across the nation and around the world. . For more information, visit http://www.hadleypottery.com.

The Community Foundation of Louisville was founded in 1984, and is the largest community foundation in Kentucky with $350 million in assets and more than 1,200 charitable funds. Each fund has its own name and charitable purpose as defined by its donors. In 2012, these funds awarded more than 7,000 grants totaling $34.5 million to nonprofit organizations in the Louisville area and beyond. For more information, visit http://www.cflouisville.org.

The Louisville Visual Art Association is a catalyst for education and participation in the visual arts. LVAA engages artists and audiences through an energetic agenda of education, community outreach, artist support and exhibitions. These programs nurture creative expression and stimulate dialogue, thereby enriching contemporary culture and community spirit. For more information visit http://www.louisvillevisualart.org.

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