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2003 Johnson Prize Winner

Nadine Robinson is the recipient of the 2003 William H. Johnson Prize and was presented with
a check for $20,000. The jury chose Robinson after reviewing applications from talented African American and other minority artists which were submitted from throughout the United States.

Robinson was born in London in 1968 and lives and works in New York. She received a bachelor
of arts degree from State University at Stony Brook, New York in 1995 and a master of fine arts degree from New York University in 1997. She has been honored with artist in residencies at several prestigious venues including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine in 1997 and the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2000.

Known for her large-scale sculpture and sound installations called “boom paintings,” Nadine Robinson has situated herself at the crossroads of the white modernist canon and the African-American musical aesthetic. She works within a minimalist vocabulary, combining sounds, audio equipment and unconventional materials in a way that challenges our definitions of painting.

In the last several years, Robinson’s work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions,
most notably her 2003 solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary
Art in Philadelphia
and in group exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2001 (Freestyle) and PS1/MOMA’s historically important exhibition “Greater New York.”

The jury also awarded an Honorable Mention to Tana Hargest with a check for $1000.

Tower Hollers (detail).
Big Baby Blue (detail).