NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) and its Chairman, Hon. John F. Lehman, announced today the winners of the 2013 Princess Grace Awards. In total, the Foundation is awarding more than $1 million to artists in theater, dance performance, choreography and film. The Awards continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. This year's 24 Awards winners will travel to New York City, where they will receive their Awards at the Princess Grace Awards Gala, held in the presence of HSH The Princess of Monaco, on October 30, 2013 at Cipriani 42nd Street.
PGF-USA is also proud to announce the second year of funding for the Princess Grace JustFilms Documentary Awards, made possible by the Ford Foundation's JustFilms program. These funds support social justice documentary film projects, which focus on Native communities.
Awards winners exemplify both classical and experimental artistic disciplines and, while still considered emerging talent, already show exceptional promise in their areas of expertise. PGF-USA assists their theater and dance studies, helps pay artistic fees at non-profit companies and helps support thesis film projects. At the Awards Gala, each recipient will receive a wearable objet d'art, created by artist Alex Soldier.
Special Project Awards, Works in Progress Residencies at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the inaugural year of the Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission (CMCC) offer past Awards winners support for projects that advance their artistic development. This year there are six Special Projects, three Works in Progress Residencies and one CMCC Award.
Past winners of the Awards who distinguish themselves in their artistic disciplines since receiving their initial Awards are eligible for the Princess Grace Statue Award. These Awards include a $25,000 gift and a Bronze Statue of Princess Grace created by Dutch artist Kees Verkade. This year's winner is New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck.
PGF-USA, a public charity, was formed after the death of Princess Grace in 1982. It awards scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships to artists at the start of their careers. Since the Foundation's inception, more than 800 Awards have been given, totaling more than $10 million.
2013 winners: Christine Kite: 212.317.1470, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gala tickets: Tamara Leuchtenburg: 212.245.6570 x15, Tamaral@eventassociatesinc.com
Gala media: Lindsey Brown: 212.235.6814, Lindsey@slate-pr.com
For a complete list of winners, please visit www.pgfusa.org.
SOURCE Princess Grace Foundation-USA