Collectors Join Forces to Create $800,000 Art Prize

From left, Amanda Fuhrman, Glenn Fuhrman and Suzanne Deal Booth at the Contemporary Austin. Credit Whitney Arostegui

The collector Glenn Fuhrman has long been interested in highlighting the work of contemporary artists — even those he and his wife, Amanda, do not personally collect — through his Manhattan-based FLAG Art Foundation.

Now the Fuhrmans are joining forces with Suzanne Deal Booth and the Contemporary Austin museum to create a new $800,000 artist prize that builds on the prize started in 2016 by Ms. Deal Booth, a trustee of the Contemporary Austin.

The new prize includes a $200,000 cash award, a catalogand a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Austin and at FLAG. The Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize was $100,000 and was first awarded to Rodney McMillian.

“It seemed like a natural next step,” Mr. Fuhrman said in a telephone interview, “a way to learn about artists we may not even be familiar with.”

The artist will be selected by an independent advisory committee made up of curators and art historians, which this year includes Eungie Joo, a curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Helen Molesworth, who recently left the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles to become a critic; and Lilian Tone, an assistant curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The inaugural recipient, for 2020, will be announced in July.

Ms. Deal Booth and the Fuhrmans have committed to jointly fund four prizes biennially through 2026.

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The Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize



The Contemporary Austin is pleased to announce the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize, a biennial, unrestricted award of $100,000 to be given to an artist selected every two years, which will also include a solo exhibition and scholarly publication. An independent advisory committee comprising renowned curators and art historians will select the recipient.

The Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize is funded by a generous gift to the museum by arts professional and museum trustee Suzanne Deal Booth and administered by The Contemporary Austin. In addition to the award, the prize funds a solo exhibition for the recipient, along with an accompanying publication and related public programming at The Contemporary Austin. The exhibition will be on view at the museum’s downtown venue, the Jones Center, with the option to also be shown at the museum’s outdoor site, the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. Read more