2009 Winner

Stephen Marc

2009 Winner

Marc is a photographer who creates digitally-manipulated montages that explore his Southern roots and interpret American history focused on the black experience. His work combines contemporary images with those of historic documents and artifacts to create narratives that reconfigure time and space. Marc resides in Tempe, Arizona, where he is a Professor of Art at Arizona State University.

2009 Finalists

Lonnie Holley

2009 Finalist

Born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1950, Holley is a self-taught artist who first began making art by carving sandstone with kitchen utensils. In addition to sandstone sculpture, he creates found object assemblages and acrylic paintings with intensely personal meanings. Holley’s work is included in the collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Ross McElwee

2009 Finalist

A filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina, McElwee has made seven feature-length documentaries and several shorter films. His work includes Bright Leaves, Six O’Clock News, and Sherman’s March, which won best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 1987. McElwee teaches filmmaking at Harvard University where he is a professor in the department of Visual and Environmental Studies.

Kathryn Refi

2009 Finalist

Refi is a conceptual artist who collects data from daily life as a means to study the world in an objective manner. She then translates this collected data into visual art. Refi was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1975 and received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the University of Georgia.

Edward Rice

2009 Finalist

A native of North Augusta, South Carolina, Rice is a painter best known for his stark depictions of architectural details. He has exhibited throughout the southeast and is included in the collections of the Georgia Museum of Art, the Gibbes Museum of Art, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, among others. Rice is a past recipient of the South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowship and the Southern Arts Federation Regional Fellowship.

Mike Smith

2009 Finalist

For nearly thirty years, Smith has photographed the rural landscape of East Tennessee. He earned a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, an MFA from Yale University, and currently teaches photography at East Tennessee State University. Smith’s work is included in numerous collections throughout the United States including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Image credits (L to R): Untitled (detail) from the “Passage on the Underground Railroad Series,” 2005, by Stephen Marc, archival pigment inkjet print, courtesy of the artist. Untitled (detail) from the “Passage on the Underground Railroad Series,” 2002, by Stephen Marc, archival pigment inkjet print, image courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association. Untitled (detail) from the “Passage on the Underground Railroad Series,” 2002, by Stephen Marc, archival pigment inkjet print, image courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association. Untitled (detail) from the “Passage on the Underground Railroad Series,” 2003, by Stephen Marc, archival pigment inkjet print, courtesy of the artist. Untitled (detail) from the “Passage on the Underground Railroad Series,” 2007, by Stephen Marc, archival pigment inkjet print, courtesy of the artist.