2021 Vilcek Prizes

Meet the 2021 prizewinners


The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in America and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences.

We honor foreign-born artists, scientists, and advocates of immigrant rights living and working in the United States for their outstanding contributions to society.


Vilcek Foundation Prizes

Awarded annually, the Vilcek Foundation Prizes honor immigrants for extraordinary contributions in the arts and sciences.



2021 Vilcek Foundation Prizewinners

Nine prizes totaling $600,000 are being awarded to immigrant leaders in biomedical science and filmmaking, including Ruth Lehmann and Rodrigo Prieto; Andrew Yang is awarded the Vilcek Prize for Excellence in Public Service.



Still Life with Dial

1922 Stuart Davis
A cubist still life featuring a cup and saucer, stack of magazines, and jug on an upturned table top.

Mont Sainte-Victoire

c. 1927 Marsden Hartley
Painting of a mountain ridge in navy and pink surrounded by a landscape of warm pinks, reds, and green.

Black Package

1965 Christo
A package wrapped in black fabric with twine and rope and attached to a white block of wood and enclosed in plexiglass.


1944 Ralston Crawford
Painting of a plane crash with debris from the aircraft, buildings, and landscape, including a bicycle.


2007-2010 Neri Oxman
Translucent yellow abstract sculpture with multiple folds.

Women and Trees

1911 Max Weber
A group of pale, nude women scattered among the trees in a forest.


Vilcek Foundation President Rick Kinsel writes on Andrew Yang—and how the Vilcek Foundation prizewinner exemplifies the type of leadership New York needs to move forward.
Curator Emily Schuchardt Navratil explores Oscar Bluemner’s precisionist landscape painting, 'Perth Amboy West (Tottenville),' through an examination of sketchbooks and notes that provide insight into this vibrant and innovative work of American Modernist art.
The 2021 Vilcek Foundation Prizes celebrate the outstanding career achievements of immigrant leaders in filmmaking, biomedical science, and public service.
Vivek accepted the award at AAMC’s annual meeting and participated in a discussion on human connection and public health.
Steven Yeun plays a father who seeks to build a legacy for his family in the film ‘Minari,' presented in the New American Perspectives program at the Hawai’i International Film Festival.