Trenton Doyle Hancock wins Artist Prize

Trenton Doyle Hancock at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Recently, the Studio Museum in Harlem selected Trenton Doyle Hancock (Season 2) as recipient of the 2007 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, established by musician and philanthropist George Wein in memory of his wife Joyce, a collector and strong supporter of the Museum. The prize recognizes and honors the artistic achievements of an African-American artist, who, according to the Museum, “demonstrates great innovation, promise and creativity,” and is seen as an extension of the Museum’s mission “to support experimentation and excellence in contemporary art.” Hancock is the second artist to receive the award. The 2006 inaugural recipient was Lorna Simpson.

Based in Houston, Texas, Hancock has shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennials and the 2003 Lyon and Istanbul Biennials. Solo exhibitions include the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, and most recently in 2007 the major exhibition Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Wayward Thinker, originating at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh and traveling to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Hancock’s work is represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

For more information on Trenton Doyle Hancock, please visit the artist’s page at http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/hancock/index.html.

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