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The Turner, The Pritzker And Now…The ($100K) Nasher Prize
by Eric Aasen 2 Apr 2015

nasher prizeThe Nasher Sculpture Center is creating an international award that will honor an artist – with a $100,000 prize.

The Nasher Prize for Sculpture will honor a living artist’s “significant body of work that has had a extraordinary impact on the understanding of the art form.”

The winner will be announced this fall. The artist will get the award in April 2016.

Jeremy Strick, the Nasher director, says the prize is “an exceptional moment for sculpture.”

“An international prize recognizing outstanding contributions to the field can bring focus and depth to the conversation, highlighting the achievements of the most important artists of our time, and adding to the understanding of the significance of their work,” Strick said in a statement.

The jury

A jury of museum directors, curators, artists and art historians will select the first winner. The jury includes:

Phyllida Barlow, artist
Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art, National Gallery of Art
Okwui Enwezor, Director, Haus der Kunst
Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT)
Steven Nash, founding Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center and Director Emeritus of the Palm Springs Art Museum
Alexander Potts, art historian
Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate

Public events planned

The Nasher plans on holding public programs tied to the Nasher Prize. This includes lectures, symposiums and family programs. They’ll be designed to “further extend the broader appreciation of sculpture,” the Nasher says.

Learn more

Here’s more from The New York Times.

D Magazine’s Peter Simek on what it means for the Nasher.