2011 Winner

Patrick Dougherty

A native and current resident of North Carolina, Dougherty is a sculptor who works with twigs and branches to create site-specific installations. Woven together and held in place by tension, Dougherty’s sculptures have a whimsical quality, inspired by his experiences as a child. He has exhibited throughout the world, including installations in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Japan, and numerous locations in the United States.

2011 Finalists

Bo Bartlett

2011 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.

Pinky Bass

2011 Finalist

Photographer Pinky Bass was born in Fairhope, Alabama, where she continues to live today. For many years she has worked with pinhole photography, embracing the imperfections and unusual perspective of the medium. Currently, Bass is exploring mixed media work as she aims to reveal the mystery of life, death, and aging.

Los Angeles-based artist Hundley was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He creates paintings, sculptures, and assemblages with richly-layered surfaces that draw inspiration from Greek mythology. Hundley has exhibited widely and his work in included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Deborah Luster

2011 Finalist

Luster, who lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana, turned to photography as a means to cope with the murder of her mother. She has created thousands of powerful, haunting portraits of prisoners housed in Louisiana. Another haunting body of work captures desolate landscapes in New Orleans where murders occurred.

Jiha Moon

2011 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.

Image credits (L to R): “Out of the Box” (detail), 2009, by Patrick Dougherty, courtesy of the artist. “So Inclined” (detail), 2007, by Patrick Dougherty, courtesy of the artist. “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (detail), 2010; by Patrick Dougherty; Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC; courtesy of the artist, photo credit: Zan Maddox. “Sortie De Cave,” 2008, by Patrick Dougherty, courtesy. “Summer Palace,” 2009, by Patrick Dougherty, courtesy of the artist.