The Salt Lake Art Center and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation announced today that Kim Schoenstadt is the inaugural recipient of the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting. The bi-annual prize recognizes exceptional emerging and mid-career artists in the United States. It comes with a $15,000 cash award, and a solo exhibition at the Salt Lake Art Center, the permanent home of the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting.
Schoenstadt’s site-specific projects, which frequently include elements of audience participation, involve painterly installations that incorporate complex urban views, themes of modernist architecture, and historically informed explorations of image and society.
Writing in the Los Angeles Times, art critic Christopher Knight notes that Ms. Schoenstadt’s creations are those of “a view painter. Her work records complex urban landscapes. Unlike her 18th century forebears, however, who lived in a world where visual perception was being elastically stretched by telescopes, microscopes, and other ground-glass lenses meant to aid the limited range of a human eye, the Los Angeles artist surveys very different terrain. Her knotty work charts the intersection between the bricks and mortar of actual city streets and the effervescent elements of virtual reality. That’s where we live now.”
In determining the award The Art Center solicited nominations from leading curators, critics, gallerists, historians, and educators from around the country. The nominations were then submitted for a juried review by: Philipp Kaiser, Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Shawn Rossiter, Editor, 15 Bytes; Scot Indrisek, Senior Editor, Modern Painters magazine; Adam Price, Executive Director, Salt Lake Art Center; Micol Hebron, Senior Curator, Salt Lake Art Center; Suzanne Larsen, representative of the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Foundation.
Kim Schoenstadt’s solo exhibition will be at the Salt Lake Art Center November 4, 2011 through January 7, 2012.