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Sondra Perry Wins Seattle Art Museum’s Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize

Installation view of Sondra Perry's 2016 show at the Kitchen in New York. JASON MANDELLA

Installation view of Sondra Perry’s 2016 show at the Kitchen in New York.


The Seattle Art Museum has awarded Sondra Perry its Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize, which is given biennially to an emerging black artist. Perry, who is based in New Jersey, will now receive $10,000 and a solo exhibition at the museum.

Those in New York may know Perry for her recent exhibition at the Kitchen, which explored connections between blackness, the internet, and police brutality through a series of videos and installations. Her work was also included in the 2015 edition of Greater New York at MoMA PS1.

“Sondra’s work is at once subversively witty, concretely inventive, and above all, timely,” Sandra Jackson-Dumont, who will curate the Seattle Art Museum’s Perry show, said in a statement. “I am mesmerized by her uncanny use of performance and digital platforms to create meaning and comment on black experiences in particular and societal issues overall.”

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