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.


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.


Vilcek Foundation Prizes

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




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.


The 2021 Vilcek Foundation Prizes celebrate the outstanding career achievements of immigrant leaders in filmmaking, biomedical science, and public service.
$250,000 in Vilcek Foundation Prizes awarded to Ruth Lehmann, Mohamed Abou Donia, Ibrahim Cissé, and Silvi Rouskin.
Visionary cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto receives the 2021 Vilcek Prize in Filmmaking. The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Filmmaking are awarded to Juan Pablo González, Miko Revereza, and Nanfu Wang.
Entrepreneur, author, and non-profit leader Andrew Yang is the recipient of the 2021 Vilcek Prize for Excellence in Public Service for his leadership in advancing progressive ideas addressing issues from wealth inequality to autism awareness in the United States.
Creative Promise Prizewinner Yaa Gyasi's latest work deals with addiction, depression, and faith.
Meet Dr. Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States and recipient of the 2020 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare.