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Sondra Perry Wins Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize
1/13/17

An imagage from Sondra Perry exhibition 'Resident Evil' in New York City

An imagage from Sondra Perry exhibition 'Resident Evil' in New York City

Alfred University graduate Sondra Perry ’12 was been awarded the Seattle Art Museum’s Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize, a biennial award presented by the museum to an emerging black artist. Perry will receive $10,000 and a solo exhibition at the museum.

“Sondra’s work is at once subversively witty, concretely inventive, and above all, timely,” Sandra Jackson-Dumont, who will curate the Seattle Art Museum’s Perry show, said in a statement. “I am mesmerized by her uncanny use of performance and digital platforms to create meaning and comment on black experiences in particular and societal issues overall.”

Perry received her BFA from Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, where she studied Expanded Media and Three Dimensional Studies. She received her MFA from Columbia University.

She recently was one of eight young artists awarded Emerging Artist Grants from The Rema Hort Mann Foundation.

Perry’s recent exhibition Resident Evil appeared at the Kitchen, in New York City. The 2015 edition of Greater New York and MoMa PS1 also referenced her work.