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DeCordova's Rappaport winner

Posted by Geoff Edgers  December 26, 2008 09:52 AM

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Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard has taken home the $25,000 Rappaport Prize, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park has announced. She is the ninth winner of the award, which was started in 2000 thanks to the support of the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation.

It's interesting to note that "The Rappaport Prize recognizes the excitement of world class art created by someone nurtured in New England," according to Foundation Chairperson Phyllis Rappaport in a press release. Von Rydingsvard's large outdoor sculpture, "ence pence," is on loan to the DeCordova and has been on display since 2001. But she was born in Germany and lives in New York City.

I've got a message in to the museum so that I can hear more about von Rydingsvard's local ties, but the DeCordova press release certainly doesn't give hint that the sculptor is anything more than somebody who has a piece in a New England museum's collection.

The DeCordova press release offers that she:

- received BA and MA degrees from the University of Miami at Coral Gables, an MFA from Columbia University, and an onorary doctorate from the Maryland Institute College of Art. The artist has received the Joan Mitchell Award, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and Individual Artist Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was profiled on the acclaimed PBS television series, Art 21. She currently lives in New York City, and maintains studios in Brooklyn and Accord, New York. In 2008 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

- her sculptures have been exhibited in the United States, England, France, Switzerland, Ireland, Poland, and Italy. She has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at, among other venues, the Portland Museum of Art, OR; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, NY; the Cranbrook Art Museum, MI; the Madison Art Center, WI; the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK; Storm King Art Center, NY; and the Laumeier Sculpture Park, MO. Her artworks can be found in many public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Walker Art Center, MN; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; the Cincinnati Museum of Art, OH; the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI, and the High Museum of Art, GA. She is represented by Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris. She has received two awards from the American International Critics Association (one for the second best exhibition in a commercial gallery in 2000 and the other for the best small museum show in 1992.)

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