The Henry is delighted to announce the finalists for The Brink Award. This award recognizes emerging artists age 35 and under in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia on the “brink” of an outstanding professional career. The Brink 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. The Brink Award was established with the generous support of longtime Henry benefactors and Seattle philanthropists John and Shari Behnke.
The 2015 finalists are:
Raymond Boisjoly, Vancouver, B.C.
Rebecca Brewer, Vancouver, B.C.
Matt Browning, Seattle, WA
Barry Doupé, Vancouver, B.C.
Julia Feyrer, Vancouver, B.C.
Jason Hirata, Seattle, WA
Evan LaLonde, Portland, OR
For the 2015 award, 57 nominations were received from a group of art professionals across the Pacific Northwest. The 2015-16 Jury is comprised of Dan Webb, artist; Robert Snowden, Curator at Yale Union in Portland; Helga Pakasaar, Curator at Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver, B.C.; Nina Bozicnik, Assistant Curator at the Henry; and founders John and Shari Behnke. The jury completed the review of artist submissions in April. Jurors will conduct studio visits with the finalists later this spring. The winner will be announced on June 12, 2015.
The recipient will be awarded a cash prize of $12,500, a solo exhibition at the Henry, and a publication. A work representative of the artist’s current practice will be acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.
The Brink is in its fourth biennial cycle. In 2009, The Brink was awarded to Isabelle Pauwels, Vancouver, B.C.; in 2011, to Andrew Dadson, Vancouver, B.C., and in 2013, to Anne Fenton, Seattle, WA.
The Brink Award complements the Henry’s role as a catalyst for the exhibition and creation of contemporary art, while simultaneously demonstrating the museum’s commitment to artists working in our region.
Our congratulations to the finalists!
Henry Contemporaries and Patron Circle members are invited to celebrate the Brink finalists at The Brink Bash on May 15!