Filed under: Noteworthy, Q&A | Tags: Art Institute of Chicago, Bill Arning, Ellen C. Caldwell, Ellen Caldwell, James Rondeau, Matthew Smith, Miami Art Museum, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, William Betts
This year’s New American Paintings Annual Prize has been awarded to William Betts. If you’re a longtime subscriber to New American Paintings you’re probably familiar with the work of the Houston-based artist. Betts has appeared in editions #60, #72, #84 and most recently as an Editor’s Pick in #96. Even if you’ve never picked up an issue there’s a chance you’ve seen his work somewhere — he’s represented by galleries in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Albuquerque and Denver, and is currently preparing for a group show at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. In other words, William Betts is an artist that’s hitting his stride, and this year’s Annual Prize is one more item in a growing list of accolades.
Selected by a jury of distinguished curators and previous jurors, Betts will receive a cash gift of $1,000, courtesy of the magazine, and a $500 gift card sponsored by Blick Art Materials, for supplies. And, thanks to NEXT ART CHICAGO, Betts will also have a painting hung at the fair in April.
The panel for the Annual Prize consists of three previous NAP jurors who have not made selections in the last year, including Bill Arning, Director, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), James Rondeau, Curator and Chair of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and Peter Boswell, Senior Curator, Miami Art Museum.
Fellow NAP contributor Ellen Caldwell and I caught up with Betts earlier this week to talk about his work and process. – Matthew Smith, Washington, D.C. contributor
Filed under: Art World, Noteworthy, Vote! | Tags: Ann Toebbe, Annual Prize, Bill Arning, BLICK Art Materials, Brion Nuda Rosch, Daniela Rivera, Erik Parker, Erin Payne, James Rondeau, Jeremy Couillard, Joe Bussell, Josh Reames, Maja Ruznic, Marcus Jansen, Marcus Kenney, NEXT ART, Noteworthy, Peter Boswell, William Betts
As we have previously mentioned, it’s time for our Annual Prize. Every issue of New American Paintings features two “Noteworthy” artists, one selection made by our editorial staff, and the other by the issue’s juror. Those twelve artists are automatically in the running to receive top prize, which includes cash, a gift certificate sponsored by BLICK Art Materials, and a chance to have their work displayed at the Next Art Chicago fair. If you haven’t already voted for our Reader’s Choice component, you have until January 7th! The winner will be announced January 13th.
For the second component, the winner will be determined by a panel of distinguished curators. The panel for the Annual Prize consists of three previous NAP jurors who have not made selections in the last year, including Bill Arning, Director, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), James Rondeau, Curator and Chair of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and Peter Boswell, Senior Curator, Miami Art Museum. The winner of the Curator’s Choice will be announced on January 20th.
Noteworthy artists of 2011 nominated for the award included: William Betts, Joe Bussell, Jeremy Couillard, Marcus Jansen, Marcus Kenney, Erik Parker, Erin Payne, Josh Reames, Daniela Rivera, Brion Nuda Rosch, Maja Ruznic, Ann Toebbe.
Works by all artists follow below the jump. To see more about each artist, and to vote, click here by January 7th!