Recognizing the achievements of regionally and nationally renowned artists, while exciting and educating up-and-coming art patrons about the diverse range of objects created in the South, the Amy P. Coy Forum offers stimulating conversation with the 1858 Prize winner for Contemporary Southern Art. Awarded each year by the Gibbes young collector’s auxiliary group, Society 1858, the prize and forum recognize an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of Southern art.
Stephanie J. Woods is the 2021 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and will present at the 2022 Amy P. Coy Forum on Monday, May 9. A multimedia artist from Charlotte, NC, Woods’ work fuses a relationship between photography and fiber. Honorable mentions go to Adebunmi Gbadebo (SC) and Edison Peñafiel (FL).
“I became aware of the 1858 Prize in 2014 while I was pursuing my MFA at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro,” says Woods. “During that time, I saw that artists Sonya Clark, Stacy Lynn Waddell, Joyce Scott and Ebony G. Patterson were either winners or finalists of this award. Seeing the recognition of other Black women artists like myself excited me! 2021 was my fourth year applying, and it means so much to be recognized by the place where you come from. I was born in Seneca, S.C. and raised in Charlotte, N.C. My experiences growing up in the South have influenced so many aspects of my artwork and who I am.” - Stephanie J. Woods, 2021 Prize Winner
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