Administered by California Institute of the Arts, the Alpert Awards — which are funded by The Herb Alpert Foundation — reward the work of pioneering artists in the fields of visual arts, film/video, music, theater and dance. The total prize money amounts to $75,000.
The 2009 awards have seen Paul Pfeiffer (1966, Honolulu) win the visual arts category, while Paul Chan (1973, Hong Kong) takes the award in the film/video category. Both artists are based in New York.
The jury for the visual arts award was made up of Ann Lauterbach,
poet, critic and co-chair of writing at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, N.Y.; Simon Leung, artist based in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, N.Y. and Jill Medvedow,
director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
The jury for the film/video award was made up of Wendy Hui Kyong Chun,
associate professor of modern culture and media at Brown University, Providence;
Marian Luntz, curator of film and video at the Museum of Fine Arts,
Joshua Siegel, associate curator in the department of film at Museum of Modern Art,
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Paul Chan. Photo: Ted Jackson/Newhouse News Service.
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Paul Pfeiffer. Courtesy Art21