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Gibbes Museum of Art Announces Southern Art Prize

Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize for Southern Art to be Awarded Annually

(Charleston, SC) – The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce the establishment of the Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize for Southern Art. The Factor Prize, to be given annually with a cash prize of $10,000, will acknowledge an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of the South. The Factor Prize will represent the most generous prize of its type in the region.

The Factor Prize will go to an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media. The prize may be awarded to an artist who has already produced a body of significant work or whose work shows considerable promise. Eligible artists will be those who reside, work or are from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.

The donors, Elizabeth and Mallory Factor, established the Factor Prize to bring attention to fine artists from the South or that are working in the South. “We are establishing this prize to focus on the artists working in the South or on Southern issues,” says Mallory Factor. “The South is an incredibly innovative and productive region artistically yet receives very little attention from the New York and West Coast art establishment,” commented Elizabeth Factor. “The prize will change this.”

“Since opening its doors in 1905, the Gibbes Museum has always been in the forefront of supporting Southern working artists and this award continues that important and worthwhile tradition,” says Todd Smith, Gibbes Executive Director. “The Gibbes Museum of Art is honored to announce the establishment of this award which so closely matches our core mission.”

Unlike any other award of its type, the Factor Prize is designed to create an archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians and the public. “The repository of artist information that this prize process creates will be available online. It will become a vital resource for anyone interested in the current state of art in America,” says Smith.

Elizabeth and Mallory Factor are devoted collectors and patrons of the arts. The Factors, relocated to Charleston from New York City in 2006 and also maintain a family home in Gastonburg, Alabama. Elizabeth Factor, an attorney, was on the board of the Drawing Center and on the Whitney’s Photography Committee while in New York City. Mallory Factor, a merchant banker and consultant, serves on many corporate and not-for-profit boards including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the American Theatre Wing and the TONY Awards Administration Committee.

A Request for Nominations will be publicized in early December, and nominations can be submitted in a number of ways including online at Nominations will form the basis of a searchable online archive of Southern artists commencing in early 2008. A nominating committee will select finalists in February 2008 and the Gibbes Museum of Art will announce the winner in May 2008.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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