Installation view of “Resident Evil” at The Kitchen, 2016. Photo: Jason Mandella

Sondra Perry Wins Seattle Art Museum’s 2017 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize

The Seattle Art Museum announced today that artist Sondra Perry will be awarded the 2017 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize, which recognizes emerging African American artists who have been producing work for fewer than ten years. Perry will receive $10,000 and a solo exhibition at the museum in the fall of 2017.

“Sondra’s work is at once subversively witty, concretely inventive, and, above all, timely,” Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the chair of education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and SAM’s former deputy director for education and public programs, said. “I am mesmerized by her uncanny use of performance and digital platforms to create meaning and comment on black experiences in particular and societal issues overall. I could not be more thrilled to work with this exceptional artist.” Jackson-Dumont will curate the artist’s upcoming exhibition.

A New Jersey–based artist, Perry often explores abstraction and representation through video and computer-based media installations and performances. Perry’s first solo show, “Some Type of Way,” was presented by the independent Seattle gallery INCA in 2015. She has participated in group shows at various institutions, including MoMA PS1, the Seattle Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

The Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize was established to honor the legacy of the two artists and to support young African American artists. Previous award winners include Theaster Gates, Titus Kaphar, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Brenna Youngblood.