Ryan Trecartin Named Wolgin Prize Winner
Video of Award Cermony
Lecture By Ryan Trecartin
Finalists Announced In Inaugural Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts
At the Tyler School of Art, Temple University:
World's Largest Juried Individual Fine Art Prize
Sanford Biggers, Michael Rakowitz, and Ryan Trecartin
Exhibition of Finalists' Works to Be Held at Temple Gallery
October 1 - October 31, 2009
Opening Thursday, October 1, 2009, 6 - 8pm
Recipient to Receive $150,000 Prize
At Awards Ceremony Thursday, October 22, 2009
Philadelphia, PA, August 7, 2009 - The Tyler School of Art at Temple University announced today the three finalists in the inaugural Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts, which will award its recipient a prize of $150,000, the world's largest given to a visual artist in a juried competition. The finalists, chosen from a panel of nominees by three distinguished jurors, are Sanford Biggers, Michael Rakowitz, and Ryan Trecartin, all of whom will present works in an exhibition to be featured at Temple Gallery from October 1 through October 31, 2009. The three jurors were Melissa Chiu, Director of the Asia Society, New York, Paolo Colombo, Art Advisor to the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and Managing Director of Dorje Film, Rome, and Ingrid Schaffner, Senior Curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. The recipient of the inaugural Jack Wolgin Fine Arts Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony at Temple Gallery in Tyler School's new 234,000-square-foot facility on Thursday, October 22, 2009.
"We are delighted to welcome the finalists of the first Jack Wolgin Competition to Temple University's Tyler School of Art. Mr. Wolgin is an inspirational leader and patron of the arts, and this new prize will perpetuate his tremendous legacy," said Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart. "We are confident that the Wolgin Prize will soon rank among the most distinguished fine arts honors in the world. By bringing the work of these great artists to Temple University, we hope the Wolgin Competition will open productive new dialogue among students, the people of Philadelphia and the international art world."
Prior to the prize reception, the three finalists will take part in a two-day artist-in-residence program, interacting with the students across disciplines at Temple University, and on October 23, a day after the prize reception, the recipient will present a lecture open to the student body and the public.
Nominees were selected by a group of nine prominent international art world figures from museums and educational organizations, representing the range of media eligible for consideration. The 14 nominees were then invited to submit an application, which was reviewed by the three-person jury.