Who will it be? Time to choose the artist of the year
The 10th staging of the Under-40 Artist of the Year competition started last Thursday at the Mutual Gallery in St Andrew. It is scheduled to end September 11.
This year there are three participants: painter Monique Lofters, painter/photographer Gerard Hanson and painter Tricia Gordon-Johnston.
They were selected from a field of 10 by a five-member panel that comprised curator of the Mutual Gallery Gilou Bauer, director of the National Gallery David Boxer, Margaret Chen and Prudence Lovell, lecturers at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, and Hope Barnes, former director of studies at that institution.
Each participant will show five of their pieces during the exhibition. The winner is awarded the Jury Prize of $100,000 and an additional $50,000, as well as a solo exhibition at the Mutual Gallery in 2011.
There is also a $50,000 Public Prize which goes to the artist earning the most votes by patrons attending the three-week show.
The competition was launched in 2001 to, among other things, give aspiring artists an opportunity to showcase their work. Several promising artists have participated including painter Khepera Hatsheptwa and photographer Shanti Persaud, who won in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
This year's competition is again sponsored by SuperPlus supermarket.
- Howard Campbell