Big Medium is pleased to announce Zack Ingram as the winner of its inaugural Tito’s Prize! The prize includes a $15,000 award and a solo exhibition in the Big Medium Gallery, which will open with a special reception on Friday, October 27 and run through the East Austin Studio Tour. Ingram will also be featured on the cover of the November issue of Arts+Culture.
Big Medium partnered with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to create the Tito’s Prize to help grow the recipient’s artistic career, support their life in Austin, and elevate artists, like Ingram, within the community. “Tito’s Handmade Vodka takes great pride in our creative community and organizations like Big Medium that help support and cultivate that creativity,” said Zack Flores, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Director of Philanthropic Programming. “It is our social responsibility to give back and directly support our artists by providing job opportunities while inviting the rest of our community to join us.”Ingram is a sculptor and printmaker who combines found images and materials to question the process of identity construction and the relationship between surface and personhood. He was unanimously selected by a four person curatorial panel, including Ana Esteve Llorens, artist; Joseph Havel, Director of the Glassell School of Art and artist; Kevin McNamee-Tweed, artist and Big Medium Gallery Curator; and Bárbara Perea, Mexico City-based Independent Curator.
Zack Ingram (b. 1991, Jackson, MS) is an artist living and working in Austin, TX, where he recently received an MFA in Visual Art from The University of Texas. In 2014, he graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Printmaking, and this summer he will participate in SOMA Summer in Mexico City. His print and sculpture work has been shown in exhibitions through Baltimore, New York, Vancouver, and Austin.
“My preoccupations with monster truck rallies, Baptist church hell houses, and designer camouflage often serve as starting points to address traditions of masculinity and power in the modern American South. Never having felt ownership over certain social and cultural conventions during my upbringing in the Mississippi Delta, I look for ways to present them with the same curiosity I had back then. There’s productivity (as well as a bit of humor) in mixed messages and misapprehensions while looking for congruence in an environment that was not necessarily built with me in mind. By embracing what I don’t get quite understand, I give myself the freedom to paint a new portrait of the South—one that includes my own belief systems regarding otherness, trauma, and desire.”
Ana Esteve Llorens was born in Valencia, Spain and has been living, intermittently, between Spain and the US since 2005. She attended the Fachhochschuele Braunschweig/Wolfenbuettel in Germany, and in 1998, she earned a Telecommunication Engineering degree from Higher Polytechnic School of Gandia, specializing in Image and Sound. After working the next four years as an engineer, both in Wolfsburg, Germany, and in Madrid, she was accepted into the School of Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2005 she was awarded a Promoe Fellowship to study at The University of Texas at Austin. She earned her BFA in 2007 from Polytechnic University of Valencia. She also holds a MA from the same university. In 2011 she earned her MFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University. Esteve Llorens has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, which include a Fulbright Fellowship and an AMEXCID Excellence Fellowship. Her work has been shown in Europe and in The Americas. She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo in New York, The French Academy in Madrid, and The National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
Joseph Havel has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe including solo museum and gallery exhibitions, as well as group exhibitions, including the 2000 Whitney Biennial of American Art. His work is in public collections in the U.S. and abroad, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has been at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston directing the Core Program since 1991, and was appointed Glassell School Director in 1993. He lives and works in Houston, Texas. Havel has received numerous awards including a National Endowment of The Arts Fellowship in 1987, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship in 1995, Artadia Award in 2004, and the Dallas Contemporary Texas Legend Award in 2008. He was the Art League Houston's Texas Artist of the Year in 2010 and was the 2013 Texas Visual Artist as recognized by the Texas Legislature and the Texas Commission on the Arts. He has done numerous private and public commissions including public outdoor sculptures for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Rice University, Houston and The Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis.
Kevin McNamee-Tweed is an artist and curator based in Austin, Texas. From North Carolina, he graduated from NYU in 2007. His work has been exhibited around the United States, ranging from installations and visual art to handmade books and widely distributed publications. He is the recipient of numerous residencies and awards, including the 2016 Montello Foundation Fellowship. He currently works as Gallery Curator at Big Medium in Austin, Texas.
Bárbara Perea is an avid science-fiction reader and cat lover who lives and works in Mexico City. Trained as an Art Historian, Barbara Perea is a freelance curator, critic and lecturer focused on emerging media, sound and video art. From 2003 to 2006 she served as Director of MUCA Roma in Mexico City (University Museum of Science and Art), a satellite art space sponsored by UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), where she curated or organized numerous exhibitions. She was Artistic Co-Director of Plataforma Puebla 2006, and Co-Curator of the Mexican Pavilion at the 52 Venice Biennial. She has published over 50 reviews and essays in several magazines and online publications, and participated in specialist forums, symposia and conferences in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Spain and Japan. She has been on the nomination committee for the Rockefeller-Tribeca Media Fellowships (2008) and the Fullbright-García Robles Grants. She was part of the curatorial team for the International Electronic Art and Video Festival TRANSITIO_MX 4 (2011). and TX 13, the Texas Biennial (2013). In 2012, she was selected to be the inaugural resident for the Casa Chuck residency, in San Antonio, Texas, and in 2014 she was awarded the Residency of the Americas at Fonderie Darling, (Montreal, Canada). She currently works as exhibitions coordinator for Fundación Telefónica México.
Tito's Handmade Vodka is America's Original Craft Vodka. In 1997, Bert “Tito” Beveridge, now a 50-something geophysicist, obtained the first legal permit to distill in Texas and created Tito's Handmade Vodka. Tito distills his corn-based vodka using old-fashioned copper pot stills and the vodka is naturally Gluten-Free. Tito's Handmade Vodka has won the prestigious Double Gold Unanimous Judge's Choice at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, besting 72 of the world's premier vodka brands. Tito's continues to receive critical acclaim for its impeccably pure taste, affordability and brand growth. Tito's Handmade Vodka is distilled and bottled by Fifth Generation Inc. in Austin, Texas, and is available in Liter, 1.75L, 750ml, 375ml, 200ml and 50ml sizes. For more information, visit www.titosvodka.com.
Big Medium is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary art in Texas. Big Medium produces the East Austin Studio Tour, the West Austin Studio Tour, the Texas Biennial, and present innovative exhibitions throughout the year. Big Medium provides affordable studio space to artists, and partners with various organizations in Texas to help foster the arts and facilitate an inclusive cultural dialogue between artists and their communities.
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