Artpace alums vie for Smithsonian’s Contemporary Artist Award
Artpace’s contemporary art footprint continues to grow following the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s announcement of its 15 nominees competing for its Contemporary Artist Award.
Among the list of formidable contemporary artists are Artpace alums: Matthew Buckingham (2007), Oliver Herring (2004), Glenn Kaino (2007) and Rubén Ortiz-Torres (2001). Formerly called the Lucelia Artist Award, the Contemporary Artist Award is presented biennially to an artist under age 50 and comes with a $25,000 cash award.
In 2004, Artpace Hudson (Show)Room alum Kara Walker (1999) won the award based on her arresting silhouettes.
The Contemporary Artist Award winner for 2012 has yet to be named, but a complete listing of nominees is available on the Smithsonian website.