Entire duration of ‚America‘s Answer‘ fireworks package ($99.95), Independence Day 2007
'Entire duration of ‚America‘s Answer‘ fireworks package ($99.95), Independence Day 2007', 2007
59 x 74" / 150 x 188 cm, Edition of 2
30 x 40" / 76 x 102 cm, Edition of 3

We are proud to announce that Jason Lazarus, whose first European Solo Show is going to take place in our Gallery from 29th of August until 30th of October, is the winner of the 2008 Driehaus Individual Artist Award. This unrestricted, annual award for Chicago artists is given in recognition of the artists' past works, talent,commitment to the field and promise. Lazarus, winner in the emerging artist category, receives $15,000.

The explanatory statement says:
„Jason Lazarus 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. To see some of Lazarus' work, please visit http://jasonlazarus.com/.“

"We're always awed by the depth of creativity shown by the submitting artists," said Britton Bertran, Individual Artist Awards coordinator for the Foundation. "The jury committee never has an easy choice, but I think they,like the Driehaus Foundation staff and supporters, really enjoy the process and celebrating the winners."

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.

Eligible artists must have lived in the Chicago metropolitan area for at least one year. They must be currently practicing their art, have spent some years as working artists, and have exceptional talent and commitment.

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