The Herb Alpert Foundation and the California Institute of the Arts have presented Herb Alpert Awards, which come with unrestricted $75,000 prizes, to Okwui Okpokwasili, Arthur Jafa, Courtney Bryan, Robert O’Hara, and Michael Rakowitz for their achievements in dance, film and video, music, theatre, and visual arts, respectively.
The annual awards, which have been administered by CalArts since 1994, recognize experimental, innovative work by mid-career artists.
“The five winners are visionary artists who expand their fields as well as our horizons,” Rona Sebastian, the president of the Herb Alpert Foundation, said in a statement. “We believe that championing the arts, individual artists, and arts education—from early childhood through professional development—has profound social, cultural, and personal impact. This is at the core of the foundation’s interests”
Irene Borger, the director of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, noted the relevance of the winners’ artistic practices in relation to current political and social turmoil, saying, “At this fraught moment it’s a powerful antidote to honor and support this year’s winners who are alert to the world, rigorous in their reach, and fiercely engaged with that which is undepicted, unheard, misnamed, unspoken, buried, and marginalized.”
Last year’s recipients included luciana achugar, Eve Beglarian, Daniel Fish, Amy Franceschini, and Kerry Tribe.