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Anna Betbeze Selected for the $15,000 Doctorow Prize

annabetbezeUtah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation have announced the winner of their 2017 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting:  New York-based artist Anna Betbeze. In addition to a $15,000 unrestricted cash award, UMOCA, the permanent steward for the Doctorow Prize, will host a solo exhibition of Betbeze’s artwork from September 27, 2017 through January 14, 2018.

Anna Betbeze (b. 1980 in Mobile, AL) uses Greek Flokati rugs, fire, bleach, and colorful industrial strength dyes to create large-scale abstract paintings layered with vivid hues and battered sculptural surfaces referencing feminism, craft, and art history. While the process of making the paintings is intense and physical, Betbeze positions them as something that exists outside of process-based art. Each hide-like painting gives the viewer a sense that they were found in their decayed but colorful state rather than made, allowing them to fluctuate somewhere between historical and contemporary.
Jared Steffensen, Curator of Exhibitions, states: “UMOCA is honored to provide visitors to and residents of Utah this opportunity to view Anna’s work in person. Her paintings are meant to be experienced rather than merely looked at from a distance – they implore the viewer to conduct an intensive investigation of their materiality, color, and surface.”
“The Doctorow Family Foundation is delighted to have Anna Betbeze challenge and enhance the concept of painting as the recipient of the 2017 Catherine Doctorow Prize solo show at UMOCA and honorarium,” remarks Suzanne Larson, daughter of Catherine Doctorow.
The process that led to the selection of Betbeze’s work was a rigorous one. UMOCA received nominations from leading curators, critics, gallerists, historians, and artists from around the country. The nominations were then submitted for review by a set of jurors including:
Marjorie Vecchio – Independent Curator, Writer, and Artist
Whitney Tassie – Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Utah Museum of Fine Art in Salt Lake City, Utah
Suzanne Larson – Artist and Executive Director of the Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation
Matt Choberka– Artist, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Art and Design at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah
Cara Despain – Artist, Independent Curator
About the Artist
Ms. Betbeze received a B.F.A. from the University of Georgia in 2003 and an M.F.A. in painting/printmaking from Yale in 2006. Her solo exhibitions include Kate Werble Gallery, New York; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; Lüttenmeijer, Berlin; and François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles. Betbeze’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; MoMA PS1; Galerie Perrotin, Paris; Luxembourg & Dayan, New York; Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; and Ramiken Crucible, New York. Ms. Betbeze was also the recipient of a Metropolitan Museum of Art Rome Prize in 2013-14.

About The Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting
The Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting is an unrestricted cash prize awarded every two years to an innovative painter practicing in the United States. Created by The Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation (JCDFF), the prize is in its third iteration having first been awarded to artist Kim Schoenstadt in 2011, followed by Tala Madani in 2013, Firelei Báez in 2015, and now Anna Betbeze in 2017.

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