Five artists with extraordinary talent are selected annually to win the $75,000 Alpert Award in the Arts for Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. The awards will be presented at a lunch hosted by the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Santa Monica, April 16, 2012:
The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) will award the 18th Annual Alpert Award in the Arts to five exceptional mid-career artists. The award recognizes past performance and future promise to artists working in Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts with a prize of $75,000. Herb Alpert, the legendary musician and artist who created the Herb Alpert Foundation with his wife Lani Hall and gave the first Alpert Award in the Arts in 1995 says, “The Alpert Awards are given to those who take aesthetic, intellectual and political risks, and challenge worn-out conventions. They’re unafraid of the unknown.”
Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, by Greg Allen
Irene Borger, the Director of the Alpert Award in the Arts, selects the distinguished panelists for each of the Award’s five disciplines.
Over the years the distinguished Alpert Award panelists have selected a group of artists who have gone on to extraordinary careers after winning the Alpert Award including Zhou Long, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner in Music, and Suzan-Lori Parks, a Pulitzer winner for Drama 2002. Four MacArthur Fellows and 22 Guggenheim Fellows have also received this prestigious award.
Initiated and funded by The Herb Alpert Foundation and administered by California Institute of the Arts, the Award rewards experimenters who are challenging and transforming art, their respective disciplines, and society.
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