Silvi Rouskin

“The pandemic has been an extreme cause for speed and urgency”

Meet the Prizewinner

Nanfu Wang

"The camera gave me courage and justification”

Meet the Prizewinner


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.


Molecular and cellular biologist Ruth Lehmann receives the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science for her research and leadership in the field.
Once an underdog himself, Andrew Yang is now a champion for those underserved and overlooked in American society.
Molecular biologist Silvi Rouskin studies the structure of RNA viruses like HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2, seeking weaknesses that could lead to treatments and interventions.
Documentary filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells stories of political control, activists, and outliers from an unflinching and raw first-person perspective.