Kathy Butterly is the tenth annual winner of the museum’s contemporary artist award.
The jurors wrote in their decision: “Butterly’s voluptuous ceramic objects explode traditional conceptions of earthenware art through careful manipulation of the medium, resulting in unconventional forms, colors, and surfaces. Her small, nuanced, labor-intensive sculptures are richly communicative and wildly imaginative. Each enigmatic work balances between humor and horror, seduction and repulsion, abstraction and figuration. Butterly masterfully harnesses these tensions to transform the familiar into something new and strange. She stands out as one of the most innovative artists of her generation.”
Monica Amor, professor of art history, theory and criticism, Maryland Institute College of Art
Ian Berry, associate director for curatorial affairs and curator, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
Irene Hofmann, director and chief curator, Site Santa Fe
James Nares, artist
Alma Ruiz, senior curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles