Sunday, October 27, 2013

AWARDS: Gary Simmons Wins Studio Museum’s Joyce Alexander Wein Prize

Gary Simmons, Credit Roll (detail), 2010, site specific installation, oil and wall paint , dimensions variable. Image via
From the, October 25, 2013:

The Studio Museum in Harlem has awarded the eighth annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize to Gary Simmons. The Wein Prize, one of the most significant awards given to individual artists in the United States today, was established in 2006 by jazz impresario, musician and philanthropist George Wein to honor his late wife, a long-time Trustee of the Studio Museum and a woman whose life embodied a commitment to the power and possibilities of art and culture. Inspired by his wife’s life-long support of living artists, George Wein envisioned the Wein Prize as an extension of the Studio Museum’s mission to support experimentation and excellence in contemporary art. The $50,000 award recognizes and honors the artistic achievements of an African-American artist who demonstrates great innovation, promise and creativity. Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden and more than 700 guests will celebrate the eighth Wein Prize at the Museum’s Gala 2013 on Monday, October 28, 2013.

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