2017 Winner

Bo Bartlett

2017 Winner

Born in Columbus, Georgia, Bartlett is acclaimed for his large-scale paintings that explore American life and cultural heritage. His realist style has been honed through extensive training, including a degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Bartlett’s work is included in numerous public collections including the Denver Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Seattle Art Museum.

2017 Finalists

Bo Bartlett

2017 Finalist

Born in Columbus, Georgia, Bartlett is acclaimed for his large-scale paintings that explore American life and cultural heritage. His realist style has been honed through extensive training, including a degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Bartlett’s work is included in numerous public collections including the Denver Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Seattle Art Museum.

Paul Stephen Benjamin

2017 Finalist

Paul Stephen Benjamin is a multidisciplinary artist who employs painting, sculpture, installation and video to create multi-layered works that incorporate history, text, and popular culture. His work investigates the color black as an entry point into discussions of identity, race, and masculinity. Benjamin lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

Suzanne Jackson

2017 Finalist

Based in Savannah, Georgia, Suzanne Jackson combines painting, collage, and sculpture techniques to create large-scale abstract work. Her colorful, heavily-layered surfaces explore the spirit of American cultural legacies, particularly the African American experience. An accomplished artist, poet, gallery owner, and dancer, Jackson’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States.

Beverly McIver

2017 Finalist

Born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, painter Beverly McIver uses bold color and gesture to create portraits that examine racial, gender, social, and occupational identity. She describes her work as “giving voice to those in society who are voiceless.” McIver frequently paints her family members including her mentally disabled sister Renee. Her work is included in numerous public collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and the Mint Museum.

Ebony G. Patterson

2017 Finalist

The work of mixed-media artist Ebony G. Patterson investigates identity in contemporary society, particularly ideas concerning visibility and invisibility of those who are deemed disenfranchised. Her artistic practice combines painting, photography, collage, sculpture, performance, and installation, often on a large scale. A native of Jamaica, Patterson lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky, where she serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky.