About the Exhibition

An exhibition of works of the 2019 finalists and winner of the Museum's Burke Prize, awarded to a contemporary artist under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metal, and/or wood. This year, the jury of professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design awarded the unrestricted award of $50,000 to Indira Allegra. Born in Detroit, Michigan and now based in Oakland, California, Allegra (b.1980) makes sculptures, performances, texts, and installations investigating memorial practices and the unseen forces of generational trauma.  She activates elements of looms and other weaving tools through movement and dance, using her body as the metaphorical thread to explore political and emotional tensions unspoken in society and carried within the body.

Named for Marian and Russell Burke, two passionate collectors of craft and longtime supporters of MAD, the Burke Prize represents emerging voices expanding the disciplines at the core of American studio craft movement whose highly accomplished work demonstrates a strong use of materials, innovative processes, and conceptual rigor and relevance. 

The exhibition is curated by MAD Assistant Curator Samantha De Tillio and Assistant Manager of Curatorial Affairs Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy with support from Curatorial Assistant Alida Jekabson.

The Museum of Arts and Design is grateful for the generosity of Marian and Russell Burke for making possible the 2019 Burke Prize.

Winner

Indira Allegra, Oakland, CA

Finalists

Elizabeth Alexander, Winston-Salem, NC
Bisa Butler, West Orange, NJ
Amber Cowan, Philadelphia, PA
Tanda Francis, Brooklyn, NY
Bojana Ginn, Decatur, GA
Raven Halfmoon, Norman, OK
Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Chicago, IL
Lauren Kalman, Detroit, MI
Helen Lee, Madison, WI
Linda Lopez, Fayetteville, AR
Jaydan Moore, Richmond, VA
Sophia Narrett, Brooklyn, NY
Sara Rahbar, New York, NY
Julie Schenkelberg, Detroit, MI
Sarah Zapata, Brooklyn, NY

Burke Prize 2019 Jury

Julia Bryan-Wilson
Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, UC Berkeley

Valerie Cassel Oliver
Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Cannupa Hanska Luger
2018 Burke Prize Winner

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