The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced the 14 artists nominated for the museum’s 2004 Lucelia Artist Award: Matthew Barney, Uta Barth, Sam Durant, Robert Gober, Rachel Harrison, Roni Horn, Charles LeDray, Glenn Ligon, Vik Muniz, Matthew Ritchie, Paul Sietsema, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker and Lisa Yuskavage. The Lucelia Artist Award, established in 2001, annually recognizes an American artist under the age of 50. Sidra Stich, the Lucelia Artist Award executive director, says:“The Lucelia Artist Award honors a contemporary American artist who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to distinctive, often daring pursuits that challenge expectations and thinking about the nature of art.” The $25,000 award is intended to encourage the artist’s future development and experimentation. Previous winners were Jorge Pardo (2001), Liz Larner (2002) and Rirkrit Tiravanija (2003).

- Meredith Tromble [Monday, February 9th, 2004]


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