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DeCordova Awards Rappaport Prize to Titus Kaphar

The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, has named Titus Kaphar as the nineteenth recipient of its Rappaport Prize, an annual award of $25,000 that is given to a contemporary artist with “strong connections to New England and a proven record of achievement.”

Kaphar is a painter and sculptor whose work examines the history of representation in order to illuminate social inequalities and address African American experiences. In his own words, he creates works “that nod to hidden narratives and begin to reveal unspoken truths about the nature of history.”

Initiated in 2000, the Rappaport Prize receives funding from the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation, and follows its mission of promoting art, leadership in public policy, and medical research. The prize is endowed at and selected annually by the deCordova.

“I’m excited for deCordova to award this year’s Rappaport Prize to Titus Kaphar,” said deCordova executive director John B. Ravenal in a statement. “He’s an exceptional artist and a visible advocate for social justice and community engagement. I’ve long admired his work, especially how he brings together his passion, imagination, and intelligence. Selecting Titus as this year’s Prize winner confirms both deCordova’s commitment to outstanding New England artists and the Rappaport’s support for leadership, whether in medicine, public policy, or the arts.” 

Upon being awarded the prize, Kaphar stated: “When I looked at the list of artists who have received this award I immediately understood the honor of being included! I look forward to visiting the Sculpture Park and Museum, and to addressing the deCordova community.”

The public is invited to attend the Rappaport Prize lecture with Kaphar on Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30 PM at the deCordova. Admission is free. 

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