Chazen Museum of Art


MFA Student Emily Belknap Receives 2013 Chazen Prize – Exhibition Opens March 30, 2013


Madison, Wis., March 14, 2013—Emily Belknap has been named the winner of the 2013 Chazen Prize to an Outstanding MFA Student. Backyard Dilemmas: Constructed Landscapes by Emily Belknap, an exhibition of her work, will be on view at the museum from March 30–May 12, 2013, in the Oscar F. and Louise Greiner Mayer Gallery of the Elvehjem Building.

Instituted in 2012, to be given annually for five years, the Chazen Prize recognized the creative excellence of a third-year MFA student at the UW–Madison Department of Art. The award includes a museum exhibition and a monetary contribution intended to help the student further his or her artistic career. The Chazen Prize is coordinated in collaboration with the art department and the selection is made by an outside curator.

This year’s curator is Bartholomew Ryan, assistant curator in the visual arts department at the Walker Art Center. He says he selected Belknap “because of the strong impression [her artworks made on him] and also the sense that they are connected to a wider philosophy of practice that the artist is developing both materially and conceptually.”

A painter and sculptor, Emily Belknap’s work “addresses the in-between areas.” In her artist’s statement she says: “From green lawns maintained with sprinklers to monoculture cornfields, . . . I explore the relationship between town margins and backyards. . . . We try to isolate nature into parks, fields and lawns, but natural processes are integral to all places. A landscape can be made simple, yet it will reach again toward complexity. The issue of maintenance is an underlying theme of this work.”

There will be a reception on Thursday, April 4, 2013, 5:30–7 p.m., in Paige Court of the Elvehjem Building.

Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Chazen Museum of Art Council and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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