Ten artists were awarded the Herb Alpert Prize in the Arts in 2022. On Tuesday, May 3, the Herb Alpert Foundation announced the winners of the Herb Alpert Prize for Arts 2022. Presented by the California Institute of the Arts since 1994, this year the awards are presented to 10 mid-career and risk-taking artists who challenge and transform the arts, society and their own disciplines.
Panels of 15 leading creative leaders selected the winners, honoring those who push the boundaries in each of the five nominations: dance, film / video, music, theater and fine arts. Each laureate will receive an unlimited prize of $ 75,000 and will be eligible for a residency at CalArts next academic year.
Recipients of 2022:
Nia Love and Janira Castro (dance)
Bunny Hashnudi and Terence Nance (film / video)
Tomeca Reed and Corey Smythe (music)
Virginia Gris and Alyosha Harris (theater), both CalArts graduates
Guadalupe Moravilla and Martin Sims (Fine Arts)
All will be honored at a virtual ceremony hosted by Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning musician, producer and philanthropist; Lani Hall Alpert, vocalist who won a Grammy, and the Alpert Foundation. The prize, founded and conceived by Herb Alpert, has been awarded to 140 artists over its 28-year history.
“Herb and Lani’s generosity is legendary, and their work in supporting artists to take risks through The Alpert Awards, has for decades stimulated art in this country,” said CalArts President Ravi Rajan. “The list of past laureates shows how the award gives artists space and time to create works that change the world.”
Irene Borger, director of the award since its inception, stressed the importance of this award at such a difficult time for artists. She said the 2022 awardees “boldly anticipate an alternative future and struggle with the central challenges of our time”.
“All 10 artists, each with their own unique voice, share a number of factors,” Borger said. “They work in different genres. They view the audience as participants. They provocatively connect the past with the present in order to imagine a new future. “
Participants in the discussion shared these details about the selection of winners:
Niya Love, choreographer, director and educator, was noted for her perseverance, dedication and determination to make performances that tell current stories of human abilities; its innovative ways of moving; and an artistic practice that looks back to move forward.
Janira Castro, an interdisciplinary artist or choreographer, was noted for her rich intellect imbued with humanity; commitment to progressive values; harsh propaganda of others; and redefining the function that the audience participant contributes to the performance.
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Bani Hashnudi, a film director and artist, has been named for her distinctive ability to talk about the conditions of transience and exile and to consider complex ethical relationships; for her pursuit of the unspoken and underrepresented; and for her an invigorating, sympathetic, necessary amount of work.
Terence Nance, an artist, was named for his ubiquitous curiosity; for his vision of cinema as a portal, channel, space material, decolonization work, and experimental vernacular; and for radical insertions into the pop universe.
Tomeca Reid, cellist, improviser, composer and organizer, was chosen for her tremendous drive, insight and vast expressive abilities. Her austere, dazzling music embraces a host of idioms; as a performer, she expands on what the cello can do.
Corey Smythe, pianist, improviser and composer, was chosen for his conceptual audacity, intellectual curiosity, prolific imagination, virtuoso performance, sound innovation and a variety of expressive means that expand the notion of musicality.
Virginia Gris (Foreign Ministry Theater 2009), an interdisciplinary artist, was chosen for her topical and penetrating drama, fluid poetic forms, and grand endeavors; for her generous, spirit-inspired practice; and, as a cause and the creation of a community, to transform the craft into kinship, want to order and write a plan of action.
Alesha Harris (Foreign Ministry Theater, 2014), playwright, was chosen for her crazy and playful vision, intense intellectual rigor and experimentation with form; its celebrations of Black Life in the midst of the historical, systemic, and contemporary deaths of blacks; and to build a theater that challenges not only the art of drama but also the cultural conversation he encounters.
Guadalupe Moravilla, an artist and physician, was noted for his exciting practice and dynamic sense of ethics and purpose. Through his sculpture, performance, and sound bath, he turned his personal understanding of injury into a path to healing and service. The generosity embodied in his work disrupts the hierarchical relationship between artist and spectator and reveals the potential of imagination.
Martin Sims, artist and filmmaker, has been praised for her determined and uncompromising ways in which her work, tackling the central problems of the time, combines deep ethical issues with complex aesthetic codes as she oversees bold image creation, giving birth to radical visions of the near future.