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Martha Rosler Wins Inaugural “100K Prize”

Martha Rosler will be the first recipient of the 100K Prize, given by the New Foundation in Seattle. The $100,000 unrestricted cash award will be given every other year to a US-based woman artist, and represents the interests of the foundation’s founder, Shari D. Behnke, in “supporting artists, empowering women, and catalyzing social change.”

“Martha Rosler was a clear choice for the first 100K Prize,” said Founding Director Yoko Ott. “She is an influential artist and a keen social commentator who has shown an enduring commitment to her practice of provoking conversation on the issues that affect us all. Her civically engaged work helped inspire the strategy behind the Prize’s accompanying public programming.”

Behnke is no stranger to backing prizes: she is already founder of the Neddy, an unrestricted cash prize for two artists from the greater Puget Sound area; and the Brink, a $12,500 unrestricted cash award for a visual artist from Washington, Oregon, or British Columbia, given in conjunction with Henry Art Gallery, Seattle.