ArtPrize introduced the juried awards in 2010, and in 2014 restructured the awards format to bring two parallel tracks of public vote and juried awards with equal prize amounts. Two $200,000 awards are decided by public vote and expert jury, and an additional $100,000 in prizes is awarded to the top entries in each category.
Each year the jurors are selected based on their expertise in their given category, as well as their wide-ranging contribution to critical art discourse and curatorial practice. Each ArtPrize Seven juror brings a distinct point of view and will be charged with finding works that are surprising, masterful, and relevant from their expert perspective this fall.
The Category Awards, $12,500 each, recognize one outstanding work in each of four artist entry categories—2-D, 3-D, Time-based, and Installation—plus one venue for ourstanding curatorial presentation. During the first weekend of ArtPrize Seven, September 27 – 28, the Category Jurors will assess the entries within their respective categories, each selecting a shortlist of five entries. The 20 total final artist entries will will move on to the Grand Prize jurors' selection. On Monday, September 28, the Category Jurors will reveal their 20 finalists live on WOOD TV8 during the Jurors' Short List event. The Juried Category and Grand Prize winners will be announced at the ArtPrize Awards on October 9.
Justine Ludwig | 2-D
Director of Exhibitions / Senior Curator at Dallas Contemporary
Ludwig is the Director of Exhibitions / Senior Curator at Dallas Contemporary. Her professional experience consists of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Rose Art Museum, the Colby College Museum of Art, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Bernard Toale Gallery, and the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Her recently curated exhibitions include Illuminated Geographies: Pakistani Miniaturist Practice in the Wake of the Global Turn, Patti Smith: The Coral Sea, The Living Room, and Joey Versoza: Is This It. In 2008 Ludwig spent three months in Mumbai, India immersed in the local contemporary arts community which resulted in the exhibition Shilpa Gupta: A Bit Closer. She has written for the Indian art magazine Art Etc, the Swiss magazine Art Collector, and contributes to The Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. She has been a reader for the prestigious Creative Capital grant and was a juror for the 2012 – 2013 exhibition season of ROY G BIV gallery in Columbus. Her research interests include memory, architecture, cross-cultural translation, and the aesthetics of globalization. Ludwig has an MA in Global Arts from Goldsmiths University of London and a BA in Art with a concentration in Art History from Colby College.
Sarah Urist Green | 3-D
Indianapolis-based curator, creator and host of The Art Assignment
Green is creator and curator of The Art Assignment, an educational video series produced by PBS Digital Studios that introduces you to alternative approaches to art-making and the most innovative minds in art today. Since its premiere in February 2014, the series has grown to over 95,000 subscribers, has been watched more than 1,700,000 times, and has generated thousands of artworks in response. Green is the former Curator of Contemporary Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where she curated the exhibitions Graphite and Andy Warhol Enterprises, among others. While at the IMA, Green commissioned installations by Spencer Finch, William Lamson, Ball-Nogues Studio, and Kate Gilmore, and was instrumental in developing The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. She is the editor and co-author of Andy Warhol Enterprises (Hatje Cantz, 2010) and Graphite (digital catalogue, 2013). Green holds a master of arts in modern art history from Columbia University and a bachelor of arts from Northwestern University.
Shari Frilot | Time-Based
Frilot joined the programming team in 1998 and currently focuses on American and World Cinema dramatic features, as well as films that experiment and push the boundaries of conventional storytelling. She is also the curator and driving creative force behind New Frontier at Sundance. As Co-Director of Programming for Outfest from 1998 – 2001, she founded the Platinum section, which introduced cinematic installation and performance to the festival. From 1993 – 1996, Frilot served as Festival Director of MIX: The New York Experimental Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. During that time, she also co-founded the first gay Latin American film festivals, MIX BRASIL and MIX MÉXICO. Shari is a filmmaker and recipient of multiple grants, including the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Media Arts Foundation. She is a graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe & the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
Robin Cembalest | Installation
Cembalest is a journalist, editorial consultant, and youth mentor based in New York CIty. Previously she was Executive Editor of ARTnews, where she supervised the editorial team, won awards for investigative reporting, and launched the magazine’s web content and social-media feeds. Currently, she advises art-world clients on content strategy and writes for various publications. Robin is also the Gallery Club director for Cre8tive YouTH*ink, a creative arts youth-development nonprofit.
Stephen Matijcio | Outstanding Venue
Cincinnati-based Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center
Matijcio is the curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to this position he served as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Matijcio is a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and has held positions in a number of important galleries and museums including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, the Power Plant, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada. Matijcio was honored in 2010 with a prestigious Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. In the fall of 2012 he curated the 4th edition of the Narracje Festival in Gdansk, Poland, and his 2013 essay “Nothing to See Here” was accepted into the RENEW Conference in Riga, Latvia.
Grand Prize Jurors
The Grand Prize jury is comprised of a panel of three art experts. Together they select the winner of $200,000 from among the 20 shortlisted entries, four within each artist entry category, as determined by the Category Jurors. The Category and Grand Prize award winners will be announced at the ArtPrize Awards on October 9.
Mutu is a Kenyan-born artist who has created her work in New York for almost twenty years. Her works are filled with provocative figures that are posed powerully—often fearsome, sometimes bearing wounds—set in dreamlike dystopian landscapes. Figuration is at the core of Mutu's female-centered work, and she uses the distortions and interactions between these inventive, meticulously drawn characters to unpack presumptions about gender, race, colonization, war, global consumption, and beauty. Mutu is the recipient of the United States Artist Grant (2014), the Brooklyn Museum's Asher B. Durand Artist of the Year Award (2013), and was honored as Deutschce Bank's first Artist of the Year (2010). She has exhibited at major institutions including recent one-person shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany; Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels; the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina; the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Illinois; and Miami Art Museum. Mutu recently participated in the Venice Biennale: All the World's Futures (2015), the Dak'Art Biennial, the Kochi-Muziris Biennial, the Paris Triennial: Intense Proximity, the International Center of Photography's Triennial and the Moscow Biennale. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; the Brooklyn Museum; and Tate Modern in London.
Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Sirmans is department head and curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. From 2006 to 2010, he was curator of modern and contemporary Art at The Menil Collection in Houston where he organized several exhibitions including NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, Steve Wolfe: Works on Paper, Maurizio Cattelan: Is Their Life Before Death? and Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964 – 1966. At LACMA Sirmans has installed Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, Futbol: The Beautiful Game, Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and the Broad Art Foundation, and coorganized the exhibition Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection. He was the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans. Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada opens June 7 at LACMA.
Based in Chicago, Rakowitz is an Iraqi-American conceptual artist who operates within art spaces and beyond them. With his series paraSITE, Rakowitz built customized, inflatable shelters for the homeless using a mere budget of $5.00 for plastic bags and waterproof tape for each project, and the exterior vents of buildings for heat. In Return, produced by Creative Time in 2004, Rakowitz reopened his grandfather’s import and export business, Davison’s & Co., which first operated in Baghdad and then relocated to New York when his family was exiled in 1946. Rakowitz’s resurrected family business offered free shipping to Iraq three months after the U.S. declared stifling trade restrictions on the country. Spoils of 2011, another Rakowitz and Creative Time collaboration, took a more provocative and personal approach to American-Iraqi relations. Housed at Park Avenue Autumn restaurant, the “culinary/art experience” provided patrons with rich traditional Iraqi dishes served on rare pieces of fine China from Saddam Hussein’s personal collection. More surprising than the sensory tensions experienced by each diner, notably the contrast between the “sweetness of the Iraqi date syrup, and the…bitter provenance of the dishware,” was the dramatic conclusion of the project. A cease-and-desist letter from the State Department calling for the “surrender” of the plates abruptly ended Spoils, and resulted in their return to Iraqi territory. It was, according to Rakowitz, a “kind of perfect” ending to the project." Rakowitz is a Professor in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.By Jaenell Woods on