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Alfred University Randall Chair in Sculpture Selva Aparicio named winner of 2023 Burke Prize

Selva Aparicio, International Randall Chair in Sculpture in Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, has been named winner of the 2023 Burke Prize, given by the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City.

Established in 2018, the Burke Prize is a biennial award honoring excellence in contemporary craft and is named for craft collectors Marian and Russell Burke. It awards an unrestricted $50,000 to an artist aged 45 or under working in the United States, whose highly accomplished work is conceptually rigorous, relevant, and pushes the boundaries of materials and creative process.

Museum of Arts and Design press release on 2023 Burke Prize

Aparicio’s work, Absence Remains, will be the focus of a special installation at the Museum on view from November 6, 2023–March 24, 2024. Crafted from a reclaimed cemetery teddy bear and collected dandelion fluff, Absence Remains is part of a series that gives viewers the opportunity to consider death and human life and the heavy emotions that are often bound with the taboo nature of these topics.