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Gibbes Museum of Art Names Patrick Dougherty Winner of the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art

(May 2, 2011 - Charleston, S.C.) - The Gibbes Museum of Art tonight announced that sculptor Patrick Dougherty of North Carolina has won the 2011 Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize for Southern Art and the $10,000 cash prize that accompanies the award. A statement from Dougherty was read at the museum’s Annual Meeting Celebration on May 2. The Factor Prize acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. Artists were nominated for the Prize online at through February. In March, seven panelists narrowed the list to six finalists who, along with Dougherty, included Bo Bartlett, Pinky Bass, Elliott Hundley, Deborah Luster, and Jiha Moon.

“With this terrific group of finalists, selecting a winner was incredibly challenging this year. We chose Patrick Dougherty because of his highly imaginative work that draws inspiration from his southern upbringing yet has universal appeal,” said Angela Mack, Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Patrick Dougherty is a sculptor who works with twigs and branches to create site-specific installations. Woven together and held in place by tension, Dougherty’s sculptures have a whimsical quality, inspired by his experiences as a child growing up in North Carolina. He has exhibited throughout the world, including installations in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Japan, and numerous locations in the United States including the World Trade Center.

“Although the sculptures that I create are temporary structures, miraculously they seem to survive in public consciousness. It has become apparent that the hubbub that surrounds the construction of a sculpture can also become a focal point, an impetus to unite and build community. After 30 years of working day-in and day-out as a sculptor, I was delighted to receive the news that I had been selected for this year’s Factor Prize,” said Dougherty.

The 2012 Factor Prize Award
Nominations for the 2012 award will begin on the website on June 1, 2011. The site not only serves as a nomination point for artists but it is also an archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians, and the public.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

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