Announcement of the finalists of the Art Dream Fund’s inaugural open call

5 min readDec 15, 2021


December 10, 2021 — APENFT Foundation and TRON are pleased to announce the finalists of the Art Dream Fund’s inaugural open call. Digital artists applied for a series of awards totaling $100,000 by creating digital artworks that explored their “Second Life” in a digital parallel universe. “Second Life” received a variety of 2D and 3D, static and dynamic artworks, from more than 500 talented artists and digital enthusiasts from around the world. A panel of judges selected Thirteenth finalists who will work with APENFT’s partner, LiveArt, to develop and mint their digital artworks. The works will be featured in a January 2022 exhibition co-curated by Sydney Xiong, Art Director of APENFT Foundation, and Marisa Kayyem, Chief Curator of LiveArt, and virtually in APENFT Art Museum in Cryptovoxels, with the works available for purchase on the LiveArt platform.

“A good artwork has two essential components,” said Sydney Xiong, Art Director of APENFT Foundation. “First, a universal message — the work must have a clear and common language, so that the audience understands what you are trying to say. Good artworks can be understood across cultures. Second, artists’ own coding — in other words, their own symbols and styles. Entries that meet these two criteria are considered desirable by me.”

Marisa Kayyem, Chief Curator of LiveArt said, “LiveArt and Justin Sun share a common vision of bridging the traditional and digital art worlds, and APENFT is an ideal partner in that journey. “Second Life” supports the growth of crypto native NFT artists and LiveArt is thrilled to not only share our experience and technology, but to also expose their work to the traditional art market through our marketplace.

APENFT Foundation is honored to share with you the following 13 winners:

Grand Prize Award (x1)

WMD Studio, Infinite Falling(2021) Digital animation. Courtesy the artist

Best Creativity Awards (x4)

Verdi Jackson, Disoriented Struggle Nirvana & Fantasy(2021), Copperplate etching, Courtesy the artist.
Kong, Duty of scalpels(2021). Digital illustration. Courtesy the artist.
Allyn Belfred,Home Base(2021)Blender,Courtesy the artist
Chengcheng Shi,New Language(2021)new media art,Courtesy the artist

Best Category Awards (x8)

Ron Guetta, By the Rivers of the Metaverse (2021). Generative video art. Courtesy of the artist.
HUIHUAN, Crossing the Multiverse•Prediction (2021), Program, Courtesy the artist.
Lil E,Revelation 2077(2021)Blender C4D Procreate Nomad,Courtesy the artist.
Pandalifa, Meta Human — 01 Projection(2021) Digital illustration and Music, Courtesy the artist
Jansword Zhu,Transenlight(2021)Short Animation, Courtesy the artist
RocketHand Studio,Massive memory(2021)Loop dynamic image/3D generative art,Courtesy the artist.
ZhangHui&ZhaoXuetong,Palace#1(2021) Unity,Courtesy the artist.

About The Art Dream Fund

The Art Dream Fund is committed to giving traditional artists a handle on NFT and the blockchain world by leveraging the edges of APENFT Foundation and TRON in technology, the market and industry, and policy analysis. By doing so, it will reshape the existing art market to jointly create a new culture and community where fresh voices can be heard. As the first foundation in the world whose collections straddle physical and digital NFT artworks, APENFT aims to build a platform for multi-disciplinary art practices to be developed, displayed, and spread by turning the spotlight on the reality, virtual world, and social context. Moving forward, the Art Dream Fund will come up with a wide variety of support programs such as open calls for musical and architectural works and artist-in-residence programs to attract more young creators.


Officially registered in Singapore on March 29, 2021, APENFT is backed by the underlying technology of top-notch blockchains Ethereum and TRON with support from the world’s largest distributed storage system Bittorrent File System (BTFS) to deliver the mission of facilitating creator economy while catalyzing the financial and cultural inclusion in the metaverse and the integration of the virtual and real world. APENFT’s finest and most diverse collections of modern and contemporary art include key works by Picasso, Andy Warhol, Alberto Giacometti and emerging crypto artists Beeple, Pak, FEWOCiOUS, Mitchell F. Chan, which are made available for the entire community through a series of curated online exhibitions in the metaverse. APENFT Foundation also partners with renowned art institutions, such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s and had successfully sponsored the fourth annual “Art + Tech Art Technology Summit: NFTs and the Future’’ in New York, receiving global media coverage such as Artnet, ArtReview, ArtNews, Coindesk, Cointelegraph etc. As the leading tech-driven art foundation, APENFT aims to drive high-quality traffic to support the development of the decentralised metaverse’s ecosystem. | | Twitter | Telegram

About LiveArt

LiveArt is the global fine art marketplace that puts collectors and artists in control by providing the necessary data, insight and opportunity to buy, sell or hold works of art without relying on traditional intermediaries. is comprised of both an AI-powered comprehensive data platform and digital peer-to-peer marketplace, is the preeminent destination for art market data and analysis, live auction streaming, real-time and historic pricing information, detailed analysis of artist and market trends, and financial and cultural context. also offers a digital peer-to-peer marketplace and provides for ultimate discretion, allowing users to determine how much information about their identity and works of art is disclosed. New works available for purchase are shared in curated weekly drops. | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook |Discord