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The Contemporary Austin Establishes $100,000 Art Prize

The Contemporary Austin has announced that it has established the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize, a $100,000 biennial award that includes a solo exhibition at the institution’s Jones Center and a scholarly publication. The prize will support working artists in various stages of their careers.

The award’s selection committee consists of Deal Booth; Heather Pesanti, the museum’s senior curator; Stephanie Barron, senior curator and head of LACMA’s Modern Art Department; Naomi Beckwith, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Peter Eleey, chief curator at MoMA PS1; Hamza Walker, director of education and associate curator at the University of Chicago’s Renaissance Society; and Heidi Zuckerman, CEO and director of the Aspen Art Museum. The inaugural winner will be announced this fall, and the exhibition accompanying the prize will be held in 2018.

Deal Booth earned her master’s degree in art history and conservation from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. During her studies, she worked with collector and philanthropist Dominique de Menil. Booth has worked at several institutions, including Les Monuments Historiques, Kimbell Art Museum, the Menil Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Trust. She also serves on the boards of the Contemporary, LACMA, the Menil Collection, the Centre Pompidou Foundation, and Ballroom Marfa. She established the Booth Scholar in Residence at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies and the Booth Family Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.