Driehaus Foundation Award!

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has announced this year's winners of the Individual Artist Awards: Jason Lazarus, Anne Wilson and IƱigo Manglano-Ovalle.

"This year's entries proved that Chicago artists are always innovating. I am extremely proud of the thriving artists' community we have in the Chicago area," said Sunny Fischer, executive director of the Foundation. "The Foundation supports local working artists, allowing their work to continue to enrich our communities."

The awards are given in recognition of the artists' past works, talent, commitment to the field and promise. This year the Foundation increased the amount of the cash awards. Each artist will receive $15,000 to use as they see fit. There are no restrictions on how the artists can use their cash awards.

Jason Lazarus, represented by Kaune, Sudendorf, is the winner in the emerging artist category. Lazarus' photography has earned him a slot in the Museum of Contemporary Art's 12 x 12 New Artists/New Work series and he has appeared in group shows in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Lazarus lives and works in Chicago. He teaches photography to undergraduates at Columbia College Chicago, Robert Morris College, and Saint Xavier University.

The Foundation asks more than a dozen arts professionals to serve as anonymous nominators; five more are chosen as jurors who review all artists' works. Nominators and jurors are local arts experts. The list includes:

- Susanne Ghez, director of the Renaissance Society;
- Lane Relyea, art critic and professor at Northwestern University;
- Lisa Dorin, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Art Institute of Chicago;
- Carol Ehlers, independant curator; and
- Nick Cave, artist and past winner of the Individual Artist Awards.

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation benefits individuals and communities primarily by preserving and enhancing the built and natural environments through historic preservation, recognizing and encouraging quality community and landscape design, and conserving open space. The Foundation also supports the performing and visual arts and helps organizations that provide opportunities for economically disadvantaged individuals.

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