CSE Richard Hunt Award

Photo: Sandro Miller

First-ever $10,000 Prize to be Awarded to Emerging/Mid-Career Artist for Large-scale Public Sculpture

The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit (CSE) is proud to announce the creation of the CSE Richard Hunt Award. In recognition of the internationally-heralded artist and Chicago native Richard Hunt, the award will help CSE bring new perspectives and added diversity to the large-scale public art world by offering a $10,000 prize to emerging and/or mid-career sculptors for production of new work. The award is the first of many events and initiatives CSE is planning for its 20th year.

“I’m very pleased to support Chicago Sculpture Exhibit’s ongoing efforts to broaden the perspectives of public art, and bring those perspectives directly into Chicago neighborhoods,” Hunt said. “The human experience in general is enriched through diversification, but this is particularly true in art, which inspires and elevates us in ways unique to each medium—and unique to each of us as individuals.”

Richard Howard Hunt is an American sculptor with more than 125 sculptures for public display in the United States. His abstract, contemporary sculpture work is notable for its presence in public displays as early as the 1960s, despite social pressures for the obstruction of African-American art at the time. Hunt has received dozens of awards and honorary degrees from institutions around the world and has served on several boards, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the International Sculpture Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“We’re thrilled to kick off our 20th anniversary with such an important initiative, and extremely proud to name this special award for Richard Hunt,” said CSE Board President Pamela Cullerton. “More than ever, it is critical that our public art be accessible in every way—physically, intellectually and emotionally, and to diversify the voices heard, and perspectives shared, through art.”

For the first CSE Richard Hunt Award, Chicago Sculpture Exhibit has named a jury of three art experts: Jordan Carter, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Art Institute of Chicago; Laura-Caroline de Lara, Interim Director of DePaul Art Museum; and Kate Lorenz, Executive Director of the Hyde Park Art Center.

CSE acquires and places about 50 sculptures in neighborhoods throughout Chicago–from artists both locally and nationally. An entirely independent not-for-profit, CSE is fully funded through a variety of donations and sponsors, and partners with local community groups and chambers of commerce and public officials. Every year the sculptures are rotated out, with new work installed in May. It is the only such program in the city.

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