Puerto Rican artist Charles Juhász-Alvarado receive the 2015 Francis J. Greenburger Award

PRART NEWS –​ Omi International Arts Center (Omi) announce today the five artists who will receive the 2015 Francis J. Greenburger Award, a $12,500 prize that aims to honor established artists whose extraordinary merit within the art world has not been fully recognized by the public. Francis J. Greenburger, founder of Omi and notable New York City real estate developer, invited an acclaimed artist, art historian, museum professional, gallerist and collector to each select one recipient whom they believe to fulfill the mission of the award. The awards, totaling $62,500, will be presented in New York City on April 21, 2015 during a ceremony at the New Museum from 6 to 8 p.m.

The distinguished group of artists includes Charles Juhász­Alvarado, Steve Wolfe, Alison Knowles, Suchan Kinoshita and Malcolm Morley. These notable artists were selected by Ursula von Rydingsvard, Roland J. Augustine, Claire Bishop, Oliver Kruse, and Andy and Christine Hall, respectively. “Omi International Arts Center constantly strives to foster an environment of creative exploration and professional opportunity. Each year, this ceremony is a chance for incredible artists to gain increased exposure for their work,” said Francis J. Greenburger, Founder of Omi International Arts Center and Chairman of Time Equities, Inc. “It’s our honor to award these individuals, who we believe are shaping the art world of tomorrow, with a platform to engage with an art­focused audience and earn increased recognition for their contributions.”

Image credit: Charles Juhász-Alvarado, “Polilla renacentista (Renaissance Termite)”, 2008. 
Wood, wicker, ropes, metal and soundtrack in collaboration with Fabian Wilkins. 22 x 12 x 3’. 
Courtesy of the artist.

Award Recipient and Presenter Information:

Charles Juhász­Alvarado, presented by Ursula von Rydingsvard

Charles Juhász­Alvarado​ grew up between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. He completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Art at Yale University. He currently resides in Puerto Rico, and is a professor of sculpture at the School of Fine Arts (Escuela de Artes Plásticas). His work investigates, through craft, the diverse socio­cultural influences, frequently alluding to his own heterogeneous background and the historical and political conditions of the geographic and imaginary spaces that shape his relationships.

Ursula von Rydingsvard​creates massive, abstract sculptures resembling wooden bowls, tools, and walls, echoing the artist's family heritage in pre­industrial Poland before World War II. Von Rydingsvard has received many awards, including a Joan Mitchell Award (1997); an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1994); fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1983) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1979, 1986); and exhibition prizes from the International Association of Art Critics (1992, 2000).

Image credit: Charles Juhász-Alvarado, Polilla X200 (en cuarteto). 2006 
Courtesy of the artist.

The awards were founded in 1986 after a conversation Mr. Greenburger had with his friends, André Emmerich and Clement Greenburg, during which André said, “The best and brightest artist of each generation are known, but not to everyone. Ask the inner circle and they can tell you.” This statement is the inspiration and founding principle of the Francis J. Greenburger Awards.

Since 1986, Omi International Arts Center has awarded 45 artists the prestigious award and this year the award adds five impressive artists to its roster of winners. The event is open to the public, and those interested must RSVP by April 13 by contacting greenburgerawards@timeequities.com.

For more information visit: www.omiartscenter.org and select ‘Francis J. Greenburger Awards’ under the calendar tab.