In early May, the Henry announced the six 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 2013 finalists were Raymond Boisjoly, Vancouver, B.C.; Anne Fenton, Seattle, WA; Rob Halverson, Portland, OR; Sylvain Sailly, Vancouver, B.C.; Blair Saxon-Hill, Portland, OR; and Nell Warren, Washougal, WA.
Today, we are proud to announce that ANNE FENTON is the winner of the 2103 Brink Award. Fenton will receive a prize of $12,500 and be given a solo exhibition at the Henry, accompanied by a publication next spring. In addition, a work of art will be acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.
In her artist’s statement Fenton writes, “In my current practice, appropriation and collaboration allow for a re-authoring of images and ideas. Objects and images that pass into the work often pass between strangers or materialize through translation and memory.” Fenton received a BFA in Photography from the University of Washington and attended the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles.
For the 2013 award, 47 nominations were received from a group of art professionals across the Pacific Northwest. The 2013 Jury was 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 and conducted studio visits withe the six finalists in late May.
The Brink, established with the generous support of John and Shari Behnke, is in its third biennial cycle. 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. 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.