Development of the Unknown Artist
A main goal in the beginning was to locate and identify the contemporary artists of China. As channels of communication were established and began to attract more and more participants, I am impressed that the CCAA kept its main focus on the artist and his/her needs. For example, as the application process became more formalized, help was offered to make it easier for the artist to submit work. By not divulging the names of those candidates who did not win, the CCAA showed sensitivity to reluctant participants by reducing the risk. The CCAA offers the artist emotional, physical, and monetary encouragement to participate --- plus creative freedom.
Over the past 15 years, the CCAA Award has become well known. Will budding artists feel too insecure to participate? The CCAA has astutely anticipated this situation and has created a young artist category.
I have a nagging question, however. The monetary value of the prize was briefly mentioned. It would be ideal if the Chinese government were to provide autonomous funding for the promotion and development of its national art. I'm not sure that could happen on any continent. Money comes with strings attached. What structures are in place to make sure that the CCAA can continue in the future despite escalating costs?