CalArts Alumnus, Gary Simmons, wins $50,000 Studio Museum prize in Harlem
October 25, 2013
By Dan Duray
Gary Simmons Wins Studio Museum’s Joyce Alexander Wein Prize
The artist Gary Simmons has won the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexander Wein Prize, the museum announced today.
The prize comes with $50,000. Mazel! Full release below:
NEW YORK, NY, 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 awardsgiven 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 awoman whose life embodied a commitment to the power and possibilities of art and culture.
The $50,000 award recognizes and honors the artistic achievements of an African-American artist who demonstratesgreat innovation, promise and creativity.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.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. Read More.