Samuel Levi Jones is the winner of the ninth Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, the Studio Museum in Harlem announced today. Created by musician and philanthropist George Wein in 2006 in honor of his late wife, the $50,000 prize is awarded each year by the museum to one African-American artist “who demonstrates great innovation, promise, and creativity.” Past winners include Gary Simmons (2013), Glenn Ligon (2009), and Lorna Simpson (2006).
The artist will show a site-specific work next year at the Studio Museum, according to Artforum. He has also recently shown work at Jessica Silverman in San Francisco, the Watts Tower Art Center in Los Angeles, and the Harrison Center for the Arts, in Indianapolis. Next week he’s opening a solo show at Papillion in L.A. called “Black White Thread.”