Jessica Stockholder announced winner of contemporary artist award


Jessica Stockholder, who was a featured artist in Season Three of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century has been announced the seventh annual winner of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art’s Lucelia Artist Award.

Stockholder has created abstract and complex works that combine aspects of painting and sculpture since the 1980s. She assembles various ready-made objects of material culture, adding brightly colored areas of paint that blend with the vivid plastics used in many mass-produced consumer products. Thus, Stockholder transforms simple everyday objects into sculptures and environments that diffuse the boundaries between painting, sculpture and installation.

“The Lucelia Artist Award acknowledges Stockholder’s extensive and ongoing achievement as an artist and celebrates her profound impact on generations of artists worldwide,” declared an independent panel of jurors who selected Stockholder from a group of 13 nominees.

Stockholder’s sculptures and installations have been shown widely at museums and galleries in the United States and in Europe. Her work was included in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and in the 1997 Venice Biennale.

Stockholder is the seventh annual winner of the $25,000 award, which is intended to encourage the artist’s future development and experimentation. Previous award winners include Art21-featured artists, Andrea Zittel (2005) and Kara Walker (2004). Read more about the award here.


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