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Nancy Chunn Wins Artists’ Legacy Foundation’s 2018 Artist Award

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COURTESY THE ARTIST AND RONALD FELDMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

The Artists’ Legacy Foundation in Oakland, California, has named Nancy Chunn the recipient of its 2018 Artist Award, which has an unrestricted purse of $25,000. The Artist Award is given annually to a painter or sculptor for whom “evidence of the hand is a significant factor in making art.”

Chunn, a New York-based painter who is also a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, said in a statement that she “gets ideas through words.” As a self-described “political junkie,” she often satirizes politics and current events in paintings imbued with wry humor. She is perhaps best known for a year-long project wherein she added text and imagery to front pages of The New York Times printed between January 1 and December 31, 1996.

This year’s award panel included Elizabeth Armstrong, the executive director of the Palm Springs Art Museum in California; Hung Liu, a painter and educator; and Stephen Westfall, a painter, critic, and contributing editor at Art in America.

Armstrong said in a statement, “The Artist Award could have been designed for Nancy Chunn. Mixing caustic humor, political wit, and an unwavering commitment to truth-speaking through art, she has created an oeuvre of history painting relevant to our times.”

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