The exhibition will feature a selection of works by the winner and finalists of the prize, whose emergent voices are pushing the field forward in dynamic ways and providing a glimpse into the expansive future of contemporary craft. Although each artist’s practice is grounded in one of the core materials of the studio craft movement—glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood—in today’s interdisciplinary environment they are expanding the field by incorporating unexpected materials and creating conceptual dimension through performance and digital media. Their work is conscious of and engages with space and can be used as a tool of protest and sociopolitical commentary.
The Burke Prize is named for Marian and Russell Burke, two passionate collectors of craft and longtime supporters of MAD. The prize is an unrestricted award of $50,000 given to a professional artist under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metal, and/or wood. The finalists of the Burke Prize were selected by a jury of professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design based on the artists’ highly accomplished work, strong use of materials, innovative processes, and conceptual rigor and relevance.
Jurors: Michael Radyk, Director of Education, American Craft Council; Editor-in-Chief, American Craft Inquiry; Artist | Jenni Sorkin, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara; Art Historian and Critic | Namita Gupta Wiggers, Director, Master of Arts in Critical and Historical Craft Studies, Warren Wilson College; Director and Co-Founder, Critical Craft Forum
The Burke Prize 2018 is curated by Assistant Curator Samantha De Tillio and Assistant Manager of Curatorial Affairs Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy.