Curiously Strong Artists Win Inaugural Altoids Award

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In 2000, the curiously strong art collection of mint maker Altoids became the first corporate collection accepted to New York’s New Museum. Now, in another first, the two organizations have announced the winners of The Altoids Award for emerging artists: Ei Arakawa of New York City; Michael Patterson-Carver of Portland, Oregon; Lauren Kelley of Houston, Texas; and Michael Stickrod of New Haven, Connecticut. The four winners were chosen by an impressive jury composed of Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman, and Rirkrit Tiravanija from a pool of 46 artist-nominated candidates.

Awarded biennially by the New Museum, The Altoids Award will give each artist $25,000 as well as a place in a joint exhibition that opens at the New Museum on June 25. Lisa Phillips, the museum’s director, called the award “a life-changing opportunity, and that is exactly what we are here for — to champion emerging artists and to consistently offer our audiences the chance to experience new art and new ideas from a variety of perspectives.”