Big Medium, the Austin-based nonprofit dedicated to contemporary art, has awarded Zack Ingram its inaugural Tito’s Prize. The sculptor and printmaker will receive $15,000, a solo exhibition at Big Medium, which will take place from October 27 to December 16, and the opportunity to be featured on the cover of Arts+Culture’s November issue.
Born in 1991 in Jackson, Mississippi, Ingram is best known for combining found images and materials to question the process of identity construction and the relationship between surface and personhood. He was selected by a curatorial panel made up of artist Ana Esteve Llorens; Joseph Havel, director of the Glassell School of Art; artist and Big Medium gallery curator Kevin McNamee-Tweed; and Mexico City–based independent curator Bárbara Perea.
“I’m terribly grateful for the Tito’s Prize and the luxury of time and space it will provide me to continue the momentum I have as an Austin-based artist,” Ingram told Big Medium. “How do I secure a studio space, especially in a city that’s becoming increasingly unaffordable for artists? How do I make time to visit said studio while balancing a work schedule, to travel, to buy materials? The Tito’s Prize helps answer several of these concerns I’ve had.”