Alumna Artist Wins Portland Biennial Prize
Maine—At the members’ opening reception
for the 2011 Portland
Museum of Art Biennial on Wednesday, April 6, five prizes were awarded
to artists in the exhibition.
Kristie, by Siri Sahaj Kaur ’98
The Purchase Prizes were awarded
four artists, including Siri Sahaj Kaur ’98, for
her work titled Kristie. The Purchase Prizes
are chosen by select members of the Museum’s Collection
Committee and will become part of the Museum’s permanent
The 2011 Biennial is
the seventh in a series that showcases the best in today’s
art world by artists associated with Maine, from digital
video to painting, installation to photography, sculpture
to prints, and more.
The three jurors—Jim Kempner,
Owner and Director of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York; David
Row, a painter based in New York and Maine; and Joanna Marsh,
the James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smithsonian
American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.—chose 65 works
by 47 artists culled from more than 900 applicants.
Other artists winning prizes
were Philip Brou for Black Box;
James Groleau for Arbil Rubia Riyadh and Sinjar
Karbala Basra; and Don Voisine for High Time. The William E.
and Helen E. Thon Jurors’ Prize
of $4,000 was awarded to artist Michael Shaughnessy for Cascade,
Current and Pool (For the Vanquished Falls of the Presumpscot
Portland Museum of Art Biennial is on view April 7
through June 5 at the Portland Museum of Art.