The Henry is delighted to announce the finalists for The Brink Award, an award for emerging artists age 35 and under in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia on the “brink” of a professional career. The Award provides financial support, increased exposure, and critical validation from an internationally recognized arts institution, with the aim of fostering the artistic and professional development of emerging artists in the region.
The 2013 finalists are:
Raymond Boisjoly, Vancouver, B.C.
Anne Fenton, Seattle, WA
Rob Halverson, Portland, OR
Sylvain Sailly, Vancouver, B.C.
Blair Saxon-Hill, Portland, OR
Nell Warren, Washougal, WA
For the 2013 award, 47 nominations were received from a group of art professionals across the Pacific Northwest. The 2013 Jury is comprised of Vancouver artist Althea Thauberger, Pacific Northwest College of Art MFA Program Chair Arnold Kemp, and Henry Deputy Director of Art and Education Luis Croquer. The jury completed the review of artist submissions in early May.
Jurors will conduct studio visits with the finalists late this spring. The winner will be announced on June 7, 2013.
The Brink Award was established with the generous support of longtime Henry benefactors and Seattle philanthropists John and Shari Behnke. In partnership with the Behnkes, the Henry will confer this biennial prize of $12,500 to one of the above artists. The recipient will also be given a solo exhibition at the Henry, a publication, and a work of his/her art will be acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.
The Brink is in its third biennial cycle. In 2009, the Brink was awarded to Isabelle Pauwels, Vancouver, B.C. and in 2011, to Andrew Dadson, also of Vancouver, B.C. The Brink Award complements the Henry’s role as a catalyst for the creation of new work, while simultaneously demonstrating the museum’s commitment to artists working in our region.
In honor of the six finalists, the Henry Contemporaries, in partnership with the Behnkes and the Henry, are hosting The Brink Bash on Friday, May 17 from 6-9 pm at Hilliard’s Beer Tap Room. The public is invited. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $15 online or at the door.