THE LEONORE ANNENBERG PRIZE FOR ART AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Laurie Jo Reynolds
Laurie Jo Reynolds, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is an artist, policy advocate, and researcher who has dedicated two decades of work to addressing the negative representations of people in prison.
Laurie Jo Reynolds is honored to accept the award on behalf of Tamms Year Ten, and to be joined by survivors Darrell Cannon and Reginald “Akkeem” Berry, Sr., along with Brenda Townsend, whose son was incarcerated in Tamms supermax prison.
ABOUT THE ANNENBERG PRIZE
The Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change furthers Creative Time’s 40-year-long commitment to providing opportunities for artists to explore new ideas and innovation, and fostering a culture of free public expression. This year, Creative Time is privileged to honor artist, writer, and curator Khaled Hourani and artist, policy advocate, and researcher Laurie Jo Reynolds—each with an award of $15,000, generously supported by Creative Time board member Elizabeth K. Sorensen and the Rosenstiel Foundation. Different, but equally powerful, both Reynolds and Hourani exemplify Creative Time’s commitment to artists whose work provokes awareness of and engagement with critical issues of our time and advances the cause of equity and justice. Hourani’s artistic practice often responds to the surrealism and comic absurdity of current events in order to share responses and witness change. Reynolds has for the two decades countered the media’s demonization of people in prison through participation and intervention in government systems. Hourani and Reynolds were selected by a panel of four judges: Homi Bhaba, Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard University; Sally Tallant, Director of the Liverpool Biennial; Fernando García-Dory, artist and 2012 Annenberg Prize winner; and nonfiction writer Lawrence Weschler.
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