Davis, Everson Win Alpert Awards
Saratoga Springs, NY (May 23, 2012) - Yaddo artists Kevin Everson and Eisa Davis are among the recipients of this year’s prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts.
The award, an unrestricted prize of $75,000, recognizes past performance and future promise and is given annually to five “exceptional mid-career” artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theater, and the visual arts. The award recognizes independent thinkers and those who take aesthetic, intellectual, and political risks.
Davis was selected for her “profound multiple gifts as a playwright, performer, and musician, her portrayal of the complex richness of our American character, and her work’s relevance and epic sweep, expanding our notion of how one might live in the 21rst Century,” said Irene Borger, Director of the Alpert Award in the Arts.
Borger said filmmaker Everson was chosen “for his relentless curiosity” and “sustained inquiry” and for “elevating the visual power of expressive quotidian gestures of working people and for his aesthetic caring gaze.”
The prize was initiated and funded in 1995 by the Herb Alpert Foundation, created by musician and artist Herb Alpert and his wife Lani Hall, and is administered by the California Institute of the Arts. The process of selecting the honorees begins with 50 artists and art professionals across the country, who each nominate two artists, and then the 100 nominees are reviewed by three-person panels, representing each of the five disciplines, which select one winner in each category.
Last year, Yaddo established a partnership with the Herb Alpert Foundation to identify potential artist applicants that has been helpful in extending our geographic reach.