Burnaway Assistant Editor Bryn Evans Wins 2022 Rabkin Prize for Visual Arts Journalism

By July 21, 2022
Receiving $50,000 for her work, she becomes the third winner from Burnaway’s masthead in four years.
Assistant editor Bryn Evans, sitting among grasses in front of a pond.

Bryn Evans, Burnaway’s Assistant Editor, has won a Rabkin Prize of $50,000 for her work in visual arts journalism from the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation. Founded in 2017, the Rabkin Prize has awarded $2.7 million in prizes to arts writers and organizations.

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The award program is by nomination only.  A distinguished group of sixteen nominators, working in the visual arts in all parts of the country, provided the list of potential winners. The nominators were asked to identify, “The essential visual art journalist working in your part of the country.” 

The final jury for 2022 included: Eric Gibson (Arts in Review editor of the Wall Street Journal), Sasha Anawalt (Professor Emerita of Journalism at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism), and Paul Schmelzer (Founder of The Ostracon:  Dispatches from Beyond Contemporary Art’s Center and Managing Editor, The Walker Reader).

Bryn is the fourth person from Burnaway’s editorial masthead to be nominated or receive the prize, joining Editor at Large Kristina Kay Robinson (2019), and former Artistic Director Erin Jane Nelson (2020) as recipients. Burnaway also received a prize for Arts Journals in 2020.

Born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, I echo sociologist Ruha Benjamin when I say that “I come from many Souths.” My guiding frameworks are derived from the practices of multiplicity, vernacular, and inversion that I learn from my kin.

– Bryn Evans

Bryn’s writing, programming, and curatorial work have been supported by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Mellon Foundation, and the Poetry Project. In 2020, Bryn was a recipient of the Beinecke Scholarship. She graduated from Columbia University in 2021, where she earned her BA in African American & African Diaspora Studies and Art History. Bryn is also an alumnus of the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective.

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About Burnaway:

Burnaway is an Atlanta-based, independent magazine of contemporary art and criticism from the American South, published online weekly and in print annually. Through its editorial program and cultivation of emerging arts writers and journalists, Burnaway connects the region’s diverse creative communities and develops exchange between Southern art, and the national and international art audiences.

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