2016 Winner

Alicia Henry

2016 Winner

Alicia Henry’s artistic practice includes painting, textile, and mixed-media installation work. She explores social relationships through depictions of the human figure shown in isolation and also figures interacting with one another. Henry lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she serves as an Associate Professor of Art at Fisk University.

2016 Finalists

José Bedia

2016 Finalist

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, José Bedia moved to Miami in 1993. He creates paintings, sculpture, and mixed-media installations that explore his personal interpretations of tribal art, anthropology, mythology, philosophy, and traditions of indigenous American peoples. Bedia’s work is included in many important public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Tate Modern.

Michelle Erickson

2016 Finalist

Michelle Erickson is a ceramic artist based in Virginia. Fascinated with ceramic history during the period of Western exploration, expansion, and dominion, Erickson’s work draws compelling comparisons between the past and present-day social issues. Her work has been featured at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Alicia Henry

2016 Finalist

Alicia Henry’s artistic practice includes painting, textile, and mixed-media installation work. She explores social relationships through depictions of the human figure shown in isolation and also figures interacting with one another. Henry lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she serves as an Associate Professor of Art at Fisk University.

Stacey Kirby

2016 Finalist

Stacey Kirby is a performance and installation artist based in Durham, NC.  She creates performances set within site-specific installations activated by viewer participation. These performative interactions foster conversation about community, civil rights, and belonging in the United States. Kirby uses humor to reinvent the bureaucratic process in order to empower people to share their voice.

Jiha Moon

2016 Finalist

Korean-born painter Jiha Moon currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work combines diverse cultural influences, including Asian landscape painting, calligraphy, and imagery from Western popular culture. Moon’s work is included in a number of prestigious collections including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC.

Toyin Ojih Odutola

2016 Finalist

Toyin Ojih Odutola’s portraits drawn in ballpoint pen, charcoal, pastel, pencil, and marker examine identity, race, and social concepts of skin color in American society. Her work explores skin as a topography revealing time, place, memory, and an ever-changing identity. Ojih Odutola’s work also draws upon her personal history as a woman born in Nigeria who moved to the United States at a young age. Her drawings have been featured in numerous museum exhibitions including shows at the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Menil Collection in Houston.