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The AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts

Each year, The AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts provides fine arts graduate students at American universities, or those who have completed their graduate studies within the past two years, fellowships to study at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Salzburg in Austria.

Founded in 1953 by Oskar Kokoschka, as The School of Vision, the International Summer Academy offers a unique working environment at the Hohensalzburg Fortress, situated on a hill overlooking the city. Fellows study with well-known and highly respected artists, curators, and art critics from around the world and immerse themselves in a European contemporary art scene, quite different from their U.S. academic environment.

The American Austrian Foundation has administered this program since 2000. It is funded through the generosity of AAF Board Member Gerhard Seebacher and his wife Angelika.


Fellows 2022

Abisha Baid

Anisha BAID

Carnegie Mellon University School of Art, MFA program
Course selected: Editing as Practice: Developing a Personal Voice
18 – 30 July, course director Wasif Munem

Mach Baker


The Art Institute Chicago
Course selected: Fragility and Resilience: Queering Strategies Revisited
18 – 30 July, course director Anna Daučíková

Francis Reynolds


University of New Mexico, Dept. of Photography
Course selected: Witnessing Loss: Memory and Culpability
1 – 13 August, course director Leon Kahane

Francesca Rosati

Francesca ROSATI

Rhode Island School of Design
Course selected: Experimental Education Protocol 4; the Ethereal Forest
1 – 13 August, course director Angelo Plessas


2000 - 2022