11th Biennial Alexander Rutsch Award for Painting
May 15, 2021 - June 26, 2021
The Winner of the 11th Biennial Alexander Rutsch Award for Painting Will Be Announced February 11, 2021
In-Gallery: Saturday, May 15th 1:00-4:00pm (Rutsch Award Presentation @ 2:00PM)
Virtual: Thursday, May 20th 5:00pm on Zoom
More details coming soon.
About the Rutsch Award
The Alexander Rutsch Award and Exhibition for Painting is a juried competition is open to U.S.-based artists aged 19 and older. The winner is awarded a $7,500 cash prize, a solo exhibition and printed catalog at Pelham Art Center. Pelham Art Center is proud to sponsor this competition and award honoring the memory and artistic achievement of artist Alexander Rutsch (1916 – 1997). Rutsch actively supported Pelham Art Center for more than 25 years. After his death, friends, family and supporters established a generous fund to support a biennial, open, juried competition in painting. The 10th Rutsch Award recipient was Colorado-based artist Sarah McKenzie. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Pelham Art Center, the 2021 Rutsch Award prize was increased to a total of $10,000 in artist stipends, with the winning artist receiving the $7,500 prize. The landmark stipend sum is also a response to the financial hardship affecting many artists at an exceptionally challenging time.
The Alexander Rutsch Award and Exhibition program continues Rutsch’s belief that art transcends all of our humanity. Rutsch saw art as “the stone in the water sending ripples throughout the universe.” His extraordinary work, rich in the celebration of life and our shared human experiences, is included in many public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.
The judging panel for the 11th Biennial Rutsch Award is comprised of members of the Rutsch family, Pelham Art Center affiliates, and four guest jurors: Krista Scenna, Owner of Ground Floor Gallery; Shazzi Thomas, Director of The Painting Center; Larry Ossei-Mensah, Curator and Co-Founder of Artnoir; and Steve Locke, Professor of Painting at Pratt University.
Winners of the Biennial Rutsch Award:
2019 Award Winner: Sarah McKenzie
2017 Award Winner: Sammy Chong
2015 Award Winner: Lindy Chambers
2013 Award Winner: Siobhan McBride
2011 Award Winner: Nina Rizzo
2009 Award Winner: Tracy Miller
2007 Award Winner: Liang Guo
2005 Award Winner: Dorothy Robinson
2003 Award Winner: Mitchell Marco
2001 Award Winner: Frank Trankina