Nashville artist Alicia Henry was recently awarded the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, administered by the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. The $10,000 award is given annually to an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South.
An associate professor at Fisk University, she is known for her haunting textile and mixed-media installations that reference the body and familial relationships.
Finalists for this year’s prize included Jiha Moon, José Bedia, Michelle Erickson, Stacey Kirby, and Toyin Ojih Odutola.
Previous 1858 Prize recipients include Sonya Clark, who currently has a show on view at Georgia State University Welch Galleries, New Orleans artist Deborah Luster, and Radcliffe Bailey of Atlanta.