The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts will give the twenty-first annual Herb Alpert Award in the Arts to five midcareer artists in Santa Monica this afternoon. The winners this year are Maria Hassabi in the dance category; Sharon Lockhart for film/video; Julia Wolfe for music; Taylor Mac in theater; and Tania Bruguera for visual arts. Each artist will receive a prize of $75,000.
Herb Alpert said of the 2015 HAAIA winners, “It’s exciting to be able to support these five unique artists who are always on the hunt for something they don’t yet know, something real that touches us in a deep place . . . . They have to make art not just for themselves … but for all of us.”
CalArts has administered the awards since the Herb Alpert Foundation first started giving them in 1994. The panelists for the awards this year included Julia Bryan-Wilson, Christine Y. Kim, Pablo de Ocampo, and Bonnie Brooks.