2008 Altoids Award

Michael Patterson-Carver, <em>Same Sex marriage</em>, 2007. Ink and pencil on paper. 15x20 in / 38x50.8 cm Collection Nancy Delman Portnoy, New York
Michael Patterson-Carver, Same Sex marriage, 2007. Ink and pencil on paper. 15x20 in / 38x50.8 cm Collection Nancy Delman Portnoy, New York

These artists are storytellers; they explore human relationships and the ways in which people convene based on identity, collaboration, family ties, and politics. From Ei Arakawa’s energized and unkempt performances to Michael Patterson-Carver’s humanizing protest drawings, and from Lauren Kelley’s socially conscious stop-motion animations to Michael Stickrod’s intimate edits of family footage, the pieces on view capture an openness that calls for engagement. The four artists produce work that is disparate, but when exhibited together it composes a vivid picture of American art today, and a complex, unsettling view of America itself.

Themes:
1. Identity Politics
2. Feminism
3. Pop Culture
4. Iconography

2008 Altoids Award

An innovative exploration of American emerging art, the Altoids Award is granted biennially to four artists nominated and selected by a panel comprised entirely of other artists.