Awards and Grants - Artist Award Recipients

ARTISTS' LEGACY FOUNDATION ARTIST AWARD

In 2007 Artists' Legacy Foundation created the Artist Award to recognize and honor accomplishments of an outstanding visual artist whose primary medium is painting or sculpture. Each year ten artists, either painters or sculptors, are proposed for the ALF Artist Award by five anonymous nominators selected by the board. The nominators and the jurors are art world peers chosen for their expertise. A jury of three peers makes the final selection. The award is $25,000, and there are no restrictions on the use of funds by the recipient.




ARTIST AWARD RECIPIENTS

Judith Linhares

Fortune, 1993, oil on linen, 20 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco





JUDITH LINHARES
2017 Recipient of Artist Award

Linhares is renowned for her ebullient, metaphysical depictions of women and animals painted in bright brushstrokes. Ken Johnson in The New York Times argued that Linhares is “an unacknowledged inspiration for many of today's younger artists” using paint that she “applies with hedonistic, controlled abandon.” In 1978, Linhares was included in the influential "Bad Painting" exhibition at the New Museum, organized by legendary curator Marcia Tucker. In the early 1990s, a traveling survey, “Dangerous Pleasures: The Art of Judith Linhares,” toured museums and galleries on both coasts. She continues to exhibit widely including a heralded showing at Frieze New York 2017.

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Susan Frecon

book of paint, 2015, oil on linen, two panels, 108 x 87 3/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London


SUZAN FRECON
2016 Recipient of Artist Award

Frecon is acclaimed for her complex, transporting abstract oil paintings and watercolors that reflect formal interests in color and stroke. Her immersive works, composed with subtle, interacting arrangements of color, are meticulously planned and includes pigments she grinds herself. Roberta Smith of The New York Times asserted that the "physicality of the work stems from Ms. Frecon's earthy color sense [and] are always clearly handmade, painted with a meditative quality that evokes Morandi." Carol Diehl, remarking on the intensity of color and surface wrote in ARTNews: Her "edges are the accumulation of many passes of the brush—a minimalism achieved by maximalism."

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Jim Nutt

Trim, 2010, acrylic on linen with MDF frame. 25 3/8 x 24 3/8 inches. © Jim Nutt; Courtesy David Nolan Gallery, New York


JIM NUTT
2015 Recipient of Artist Award

Nutt is noted for his intricate and psychological portraits of imaginary women. His dense, angular compositions are painstakingly hand made and reflect a formal interest in the face. Ken Johnson of The New York Times has called Nutt "a supremely elegant and inventive stylist." David Ebony, writing in Art in America, remarked on the "sculptural solidity" of the nose, lips and chins in Nutt’s absorbing, grotesque character-driven acrylic paintings and pencil drawings. In 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presented an acclaimed solo retrospective of the last 20 years of Nutt’s work. Ted Loos of The New York Times quoted Museum of Contemporary Art Curator Lynne Warren’s assertion that Nutt is "an artist’s artist."

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Mary Weatherford

North Chester Ave., 2012, Flashe and neon on linen. 93 x 79 inches. Courtesy of Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Photography: Robert Wedemeyer.


MARY WEATHERFORD
2014 Recipient of Artist Award

Mary Weatherford is noted for her emotionally charged and atmospheric Flashe on linen works that incorporate neon lighting tubes, letting, as Christopher Knight of The Los Angeles Times remarked, "the draped electrical cords essential to powering their glowing artificial light become an integral part of the composition." Her transcendental works, painted in deep, rich expanses of color, are encounters of mortality and morality—the "serious stuff", she has said—and invoke the silken, soft draping strategies of the late innovator Eva Hesse and the glowing, sparse post-minimalism of light sculptor Keith Sonnier.

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Dona Nelson

In Step, 2013, recto (left) and verso (right), dye, acrylic paint, painted string and muslin on canvas. 90 x 60 inches.


DONA NELSON
2013 Recipient of Artist Award

Widely regarded as one of the most vital, intellectually considered, aggressively tactile and physically inventive American painters of her generation, Dona Nelson is also a highly regarded educator. She is a Professor of Painting and Drawing, Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Critic Roberta Smith noted recently, "Nelson has painted prolifically and innovatively for nearly 40 years, following her own path through the gap between abstraction and representation."

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Artist Website: www.donanelson.com


John Outterbridge

Moccasin Creek Cabins, (detail) 1983, mixed media installation at Moccasin Creek, Aberdeen, South Dakota. Each cabin 78 x 54 ˝ x 72 inches.


DONNA DENNIS
2012 Recipient of Artist Award

A practicing artist for the past four decades, Donna Dennis is a Guggenheim fellow, multiple NEA grantee and Whitney Biennial alumnus. She first achieved notoriety in the mid 1970s with her large architecturally-inspired sculptural installations. Generously deconstructing her architectural prototypes with a language that is both evocatively detailed and highly formal, her work is steeped in a deep well of personal emotion.

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Artist Website: www.donnadennisart.com


John Outterbridge

Idol, 2010-11, bronze, felt, other media. 75 x 18 x 28 inches.


JUDITH SHEA
2011 Recipient of Artist Award

For more than three decades Judith Shea has made a study of the human form in many guises and materials. From simple, iconic textile ‘clothes’, and hollow bronze forms around an absent figure, to carved wooden ‘anti’ monuments, her work has often ironically quoted art history to comment on life now.

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Artist Website: judithshea.com


John Outterbridge

Hinged Window with Asafetida Bags Branded, 2008, mixed media. 20 1/4 x 17 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches.


JOHN OUTTERBRIDGE
2010 Recipient of Artist Award

Drawing inspiration from Dada, folk art, and African sculpture, John Outterbridge recycles discarded materials, transforming them into poetic configurations that explore both social and political themes. In a career spanning fifty years that began with his seminal role in the Los Angeles assemblage movement of the 1960's and 70's, he has succeeded in creating and developing a unique visual language.

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Llyn Foulkes

Pop, 1985-1990, mixed media with soundtrack. 84 x 123 x 3 inches. Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.


LLYN FOULKES
2009 Recipient of Artist Award

Llyn Foulkes has been called the Zelig of contemporary art. Over the past five decades he has been consistently inconsistent, confounding critics and galleries with dramatic changes of direction whenever it seemed he was about to be overtaken by popular acclaim.

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Artist Website: www.llynfoulkes.com


Peter Saul

Cold Sweat, 1999, acrylic on canvas. 55 1/8 x 66 7/8 inches. Courtesy of David Nolan Gallery, New York.


PETER SAUL
2008 Recipient of Artist Award

Peter Saul is an American painter. Inspired equally by comic books and Surrealists, he become an unrelenting critic of various aspects of American culture. A parodist and an absurdist, he comments mordantly on aspects of contemporary life, ranging from art, to politics, to the current infatuation with the past.

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Peter Saul

Heavy Headed, 2003, porcelain, earthenware, glaze. 3 3/8 x 6 x 3 3/4 inches. Courtesy of Tibor De Nagy Gallery, New York.


KATHY BUTTERLY
2007 Recipient of Artist Award

Kathy Butterly is a sculptor. Her work consists of intricately decorated porcelain sculptures that suggest feminine characteristics. She received her undergraduate degree from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia in 1986. Her first solo exhibition was at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York.

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