Department of Art and Art History News

Jeff Williams Awarded 2012 Texas Prize

Wed. May 23, 2012

Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams (Assistant Professor in Studio Art) has been awarded the Texas Prize, a $30,000 triennial award given by AMOA-Arthouse. Williams was selected by the jury among three artists; the other two finalists were Jamal Cyrus and Will Henry.

"Although the decision was not unanimous, the majority of the jury felt that Jeff Williams was the most deserving of this year’s prize. Williams’ work deployed a fascinating range of materials and chemicals to activate subtle transformations in the space of the gallery," the jurors stated in a joint statement. "His installation was remarkable for the way in which it addressed the complex geographical and architectural history of the exhibition site and used an inventive sculptural approach to mark intersecting and distinct measures of time."

The Texas Prize recognizes innovation, talent, and a marked contribution to a thriving Texas artistic community. A diverse group of Texas-based professionals nominates several contemporary artists. A separate international jury of artists, curators and scholars then selects three finalists for an exhibition and full-color catalogue. One finalist receives a $30,000 prize, the most significant ongoing initiative supporting emerging and under-recognized professional artists working in the state.

The Texas Prize exhibit is on view at AMOA-Arthouse, Jones Center, through July 22.