2010 Winner

Radcliffe Bailey

2010 Winner

A native of Bridgeton, New Jersey, Bailey lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1991. Greatly inspired by jazz music, he is best known for his mixed media works and site-specific installations that explore his personal background and the history of African Americans. Bailey’s work is included in the collections of many prestigious organizations including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2010 Finalists

Aldwyth

2010 Finalist

South Carolina artist Aldwyth has worked in relative seclusion for several decades. She creates intricate collages and assemblages, often monumental in scale, from found objects, appropriated images, text, and other elements. In 2009 Aldwyth was honored with a major one-person traveling exhibition organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston.

Willie Birch

2010 Finalist

Birch is a painter, sculptor, and draftsman whose work draws upon African American culture and tradition in his native New Orleans. He earned his BA from Southern University in New Orleans and later received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Birch’s work is included in the collections of numerous institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

William Christenberry

2010 Finalist

For over forty years, Christenberry has used his drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography as a means to document his home state of Alabama. A resident of Washington, DC, he has taught at the Corcoran College of Art and Design since 1968 and has been included in numerous one-person and group exhibitions and the collections of art museums across the country. In 2006, Christenberry was honored with a major one-person exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

Sally Mann

2010 Finalist

Born and raised in Lexington, Virginia, Mann is best known for her intimate photographs of her family and her unique portrayal of the southern landscape. Using a hundred year old camera, she creates photographs from eight by ten inch wet-collodion glass plate negatives. Mann has exhibited her work throughout the world and is included in many prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Joyce Scott

2010 Finalist

Scott creates sculpture and installation pieces using a variety of techniques including weaving, quilting, beadwork, and glasswork. Her work addresses issues of gender, race, and class struggles. Scott earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and an MFA in crafts from the Institute Allende in Mexico.

Image credits (L to R): “Windward Coast” (detail), 2009 (detail); by Radcliffe Bailey; piano keys, plaster bust, and glitter; courtesy of the artist and Solomon Projects. “One of Four Corners” (detail), 2005, by Radcliffe Bailey, mixed media, courtesy of the artist and Solomon Projects. Untitled (detail), 2007, by Radcliffe Bailey, mixed media on paper, courtesy of the artist and Solomon Projects. “Flow” (detail), 2006, by Radcliffe Bailey, mixed media on paper, courtesy of the artist and Solomon Projects. “Altered Destiny” (detail) studio installation view summer 2007, by Radcliffe Bailey, mixed media installation, courtesy of the artist and Solomon Projects.