An artist and a musician—Tania Bruguera and Nadia Sirota, respectively—have won the Meadows Prize, given annually by Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. Each artist receives a $25,000 stipend and is expected to collaborate with SMU art students during the course of an approximately four week residency this year. Bruguera will be in Dallas from Apr. 7–20 and Sept. 22–Oct. 5, and Sirota Apr. 1–14 and Oct. 7–19.
SMU’s award, now in its fourth year, stipulates that each artist be internationally recognized in a discipline represented by one of the school’s departments. Cuban-born Bruguera is best known for her “arté util” (useful art) and “arte de conducta” (conduct/behavior art); she founded the first political art studies program at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, her alma mater. Bruguera’s ongoing project Immigrant Movement International, begun in March 2011, is headquartered in Corona, Queens, N.Y., and offers various educational and artistic activities to the neighborhood’s immigrant population.
Sirota is a Julliard-trained violist who has earned rave reviews for premiering and commissioning work by various contemporary composers (Missy Mazzoli and Nico Muhly, among others). She’s also performed with popular bands such as Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, The National and My Brightest Diamond.
Sirota is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music’s contemporary music performance master’s program, and Bruguera is a visiting faculty member at Paris’s Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Venice’s IUAV University and Amsterdam’s Rijksakademie.