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Jeff Gibbons Recipient of Inaugrual Art Ball Graduate Student Prize

The following is an excerpt from FD Luxe magazine.


Remember these names: Jeff Gibbons. Shervin Haei. Joanna Krantz. Lucia Simek. Erik Swanson.

The Texas-based artists may not be represented by a commercial gallery or dealer, but their work is about to take center stage in a way that could garner more attention than any exhibition.

All five artists are students pursuing graduate degrees in art, and late last month were announced as the recipients of the Dallas Museum of Art’s inaugural ART BALL GRADUATE STUDENT PRIZE. In addition to winning $1,500 each, each artist will have a work exhibited at this month’s Dallas Art Fair, April 12 to 14, and be included in the silent auction at the DMA’s sold-out fundraiser, the Art Ball, on April 13.

The artists were selected from 71 applicants representing 10 Texas universities. Multiple examples of their work were judged by an impressive committee of art-world professionals: DMA director Maxwell Anderson; the museum’s assistant curator of contemporary art, Gabriel Ritter; Texas Christian University art-history chair Francis Colpitt; artist and University of North Texas professor Annette Lawrence; and Nasher Sculpture Center director Jeremy Strick. The prize was created by the DMA and this year’s Art Ball chairmen, Jennifer Karol and Catherine Rose, in an effort to expose and promote top local talent. Talent, they have in spades: The winning artists’ works are a rich representation of various mediums, styles and aesthetics.

—Christina Geyer