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Lucelia Artist Award

2007—Jessica Stockholder

Jessica Stockholder

Jessica Stockholder is the seventh annual winner of the museum's Lucelia Artist Award.

Stockholder has created abstract and complex works that combine aspects of painting and sculpture since the 1980s. She assembles everyday objects—couch cushions, plastic container lids, shoe laces, construction materials, fake fur, lamps, electrical cord, plastic stacking crates, pillows, papier-mâché, balls—adding brightly colored areas of paint that blend with the vivid plastics used in many mass-produced consumer products. Stockholder maintains control of the formal elements of her work, which keeps the incredible variety of materials from overwhelming the viewer. Both Stockholder's studio works, which refer to her permanent free-standing sculptures, and her site-specific temporary installations engage with and transform the spaces they occupy.

Stockholder's sculptures and installations have been shown widely at museums and galleries in the United States and in Europe. Her work was included in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and in the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2005, Terrie Sultan and Nancy Doll organized a traveling exhibition that surveyed Stockholder's career for the Blaffer Art Gallery at the University of Houston in Texas. In 2007, exhibitions of Stockholder's work were held at Galerie Thomas Schulte in Berlin, 1301PE in Los Angeles and Galerie nächst St. Stephan in Vienna, Austria. Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York City represents Stockholder.

Stockholder was born in Seattle in 1959 and was raised in Vancouver, Canada; she holds dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship. She earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1982 from the University of Victoria in British Columbia and a master's in fine arts from Yale University in 1985. Among her numerous grants and awards are the National Endowment for the Arts grant in sculpture she received in 1988 and a John Solomon Guggenheim Fellowship Award in visual art that she won in 1996. Since 1999, Stockholder has been the director of graduate studies in sculpture at Yale University.


David Joselit, professor and chair of art history at Yale University

Helen Molesworth, curator of contemporary art at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University

David Reed, artist

Paul Schimmel, chief curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles

Rochelle Steiner, director of the Public Art Fund in New York City.

Growing Rock Candy Mountain Grasses in Canned Sand; 1992; Installation view, Westfalischer Kunstverein, Munster, Germany; 23 x 12 m piece of violet bathing suit material, sandstone native to Munster, gaseous concrete building blocks, plaster, basket material, electrical wiring, 3 very small lights, newspaper glued to the wall, acrylic paint, metal cables and Styrofoam; © Jessica Stockholder, Courtesy Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York