Arts & Culture

Ebony G. Patterson Receives Third Art Award for 2018

photo of Ebony G Patterson in her studio
photo of " they grow up)" by Ebony G. Patterson

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 9, 2018) Ebony G. Patterson, multimedia artist and associate professor of painting at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies, has won her third major award in 2018 from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts in St. Louis. Patterson, an alumna of the school, received the Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award from the institution and was awarded $25,000, along with another recipient, to advance her studio practices.

Patterson will use her Stone & DeGuire Award of $25,000 to expand sculptural elements in her existing work with the intention of creating immersive, larger-than-life tableaux. She has specific intentions of exploring the possibility of casting a large number of poisonous plants in glass.

The Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Award was created by Nancy Stone DeGuire and Lawrence R. DeGuire for the Sam Fox School to help fellow alumni artists, such as Patterson, to help advance their own studio practices. The other 2018 recipient is Jill Downen.

Patterson has been teaching painting and mixed media at UK since 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree from Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica, and her master’s degree from the Sam Fox College of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Awards were open to all alumni of the Sam Fox School's Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs and recipients were chosen by faculty committee.

Patterson has earned a large-scale reputation for her intricate paintings and mixed media works exploring questions of race, class, gender and identity. Her work has been featured in solo shows at places such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2016); the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (2016); and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2016) among many others. The Perez Art Museum in Miami will debut a major traveling survey exhibition in fall 2018, accompanied by her first monographic catalog.

Patterson has presented her work in many international group exhibitions and has earned several awards. Her previous awards include the 2018 United States Artists Fellowship Award in Visual Arts, the 2017 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Grant, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Grant, the Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica and an Andy Warhol Foundation Grant. She is represented by the Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago.

The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, at the UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studiesart education, and digital media and design.

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