For the fifth year, the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, will award the Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize for Southern Art to an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of the South. Entries for the annual award and $10,000 cash prize can be made exclusively online at (www.factorprize.org) through Feb. 28, 2012. Artists who have applied previously for the Factor Prize must update their online entry form in order to remain eligible for the 2012 Prize. Unlike any other award of its type, the Factor Prize is designed to create an online archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians, and the public.
The Factor Prize goes to an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media. The prize may be awarded to an artist who has already produced a body of significant work or whose work shows considerable promise. Eligible artists are those who reside, work in, or are from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia. The winner of the 2011 Factor Prize was sculptor Patrick Dougherty of North Carolina. Dougherty will serve on the 2012 review panel composed of scholars, curators, collectors, and Gibbes Museum staff. The review panel will select the finalists in March and the Gibbes Museum of Art will announce the winner at the museum’s Annual Meeting and Celebration on May 14, 2012.
The donors, Elizabeth and Mallory Factor, established the Factor Prize to bring attention to fine artists from the South or who are working in the South. The Factors are devoted collectors and patrons of the arts. Elizabeth Factor, an attorney, has served on the board of the Drawing Center and on the Whitney’s Photography Committee, both in New York City. Mallory Factor, a merchant banker and consultant, serves on many corporate and not-for-profit boards including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the American Theatre Wing, and the TONY Awards Administration Committee.
Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life.
For further information call the Gibbes at 843/722-2706 or visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).