2013 ART AWARD WINNERS
|Top row: Margrit Lewczuk, Chrysalis I, 2012; Judy Linn, Untitled, 2002; Keith Sonnier, Tisket-a-Tasket, 1994; Louise Fishman, Splintering Echo, 2009.|
Bottom row: Theo A. Rosenblum, Back to Basics, 2010; Ellen Berkenblit, Broken Pane of Frosted Glass, 2012; Judith Shea, Still Standing, 2010-11; Njideka Akunyili, And We Begin to Let Go, 2012.
Arts and Letters Awards in Art
Five awards of $7500 each are given to honor exceptional accomplishment and to encourage creative work.
ELLEN BERKENBLIT • LOUISE FISHMAN • JUDY LINN • JUDITH SHEA • KEITH SONNIER
Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Painting
The Rosenthal Family Foundation Award of $10,000 is given to a “young American painter of distinction.”
INAUGURATION OF TWO NEW AWARDS
The Jacob Lawrence Award and the Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Award, of $10,000 each, are being given for the first time to MARGRIT LEWCZUK and THEO A. ROSENBLUM.
Art Purchase Program
The Academy’s purchase program began in 1946 to place the work of talented, living American artists in museums across the country. Since the inauguration of this program, the Academy has spent nearly $3 million to purchase over 1100 works of art. The American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam (1859-1935) founded this program through the bequest of over 400 of his works with the stipulation that the accumulated income from their sale be used to establish a fund to purchase paintings and works on paper. Similar bequests were made by Academy members Eugene Speicher (1883-1962), Louis Betts (1873-1961), and Gardner Symons (1861-1930). All works purchased through this program will be donated to American museums.
CONNIE FOX• WOPO HOLUP• OSAMU KOBAYASHI• MARGRIT LEWCZUK• JUDY LINN
ELAINE MAYES• DAN WALSH• GRACE BAKST WAPNER
Art Purchase Program for Sculpture
From time to time, the Academy allocates funds specifically for the purchase of sculpture. This year the work of two sculptors was purchased. These works will be donated to American museums.
GEORGE E. ORTMAN • THEO A. ROSENBLUM
Works by the winners of the 2013 Art Awards are currently on display in the Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, and will be shown in the Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, which follows the Ceremonial in May. Details are below and on our website here.
Press Contact: Souhad Rafey, academy AT artsandletters.org, (212) 368-5900.