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Neuberger Museum of Art Announces 2022 Winner of the Roy R. Neuberger Prize

Solo exhibition by prize recipient Tomashi Jackson to open at the Museum on April 13

The Neuberger Museum of Art’s signature Roy R. Neuberger Prize has been awarded to Tomashi Jackson, internationally acclaimed painter, printmaker, and video artist, Museum Director Tracy Fitzpatrick announced today. Tomashi Jackson: SLOW JAMZ, an exhibition of the artist’s work, will be on view at the Neuberger Museum from April 13 through November 27, 2022. The show will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue and a $25,000 cash award.

Named for the Museum’s founding patron, the biennial prize honors Mr. Neuberger’s lifelong commitment to support the work of living artists. Prize winners embody outstanding artistic achievement that inspires innovative thinking, fresh perspectives, and greater understanding and appreciation of the arts. An artist’s creative achievement to date and their promise of future artistic achievements are also factors in the selection process.

Tomashi Jackson’s multimedia work includes painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and video with imagery sourced from archival research, which she uses to create hybrid visual collages. Her practice investigates the relationships between the aesthetic and the political while conceptually interweaving color theory with human rights concerns. She utilizes light, color, sound, and texture as vehicles to explore issues of injustice and bring the power of art and policy to bear on historical engagement and critical action.

“I’m really trying to understand the sites of human engagement that compel me to respond,” said Jackson. “I’m just trying to explore the world around me.”

Tomashi Jackson: SLOW JAMZ, will feature 20 video projections created by the artist over the last 10 years. It will be the first exhibition of the artist’s work to focus primarily on her video collages and will include four series of works: Plain Cite Plain Site Plain Sight addresses African American domestic labor; The Subliminal is Now looks at issues of school desegregation; Interstate Love Song focuses on the lack of public transportation; and Forever My Lady features music videos dealing with the question of democracy. Floor to ceiling projections and accompanying soundtracks will create a dynamic, immersive environment. The exhibition is curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator Emerita of the Neuberger Museum of Art.

The exhibition will be on view at the Museum, located at the heart of Purchase College, SUNY, from April 13 through November 27, 2022. An opening reception and award presentation ceremony will be held on Thursday evening, April 21.

“The Roy R. Neuberger Prize advances our mission to inspire innovation in the visual arts” said Dr. Fitzpatrick. “The Prize continues Mr. Neuberger’s legacy of support for living artists and provides wonderful opportunities for our audiences to interact with art and artists that promote social, civic, and creative engagement.”

About the Artist
Tomashi Jackson was born in Houston, Texas in 1980, raised in Los Angeles, and currently lives and works in New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York; an MS from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Cambridge; and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, New Haven. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University, Cambridge, and an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence and the Cooper Union School of Art, New York. Her work was included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial and has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge; and the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York. Jackson’s work is included in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Perez Art Museum, Miami; and the Parrish Art Museum, Watermill. She is represented by Tilton Gallery in New York and Night Gallery in Los Angeles. See full bio.

About the Roy R. Neuberger Prize
The Roy R. Neuberger Prize was introduced during a November 2008 celebration of Mr. Neuberger’s 105th birthday. His generous legacy is carried on today through the ongoing support of Mr. Neuberger’s son and daughter-in-law, Jim Neuberger and Helen Stambler Neuberger, who are active Board members and generous patrons. Previous recipients of the Roy R. Neuberger Prize include Cuban installation and performance artist Tania Bruguera, American figurative painter Dana Schutz, South African video and performance artist Robin Rhode, Argentine installation artist Leandro Erlich, and French Moroccan multidisciplinary artist Yto Barrada.

About the Neuberger Museum of Art
The Neuberger Museum of Art opened on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York, in 1974 with a core collection donated by Roy R. Neuberger, one of the greatest private collectors, philanthropists, and arts advocates of the twentieth century. Today, critically acclaimed exhibitions, tours, lectures, and interactive programs for patrons of all ages make the Neuberger Museum of Art a center of teaching and learning for all stages of life.

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