ICA Boston, SFMOMA Honor Local Artists

An installation view of Amie Siegel’s “Black Moon” (2010), now view at the ICA in Boston.

The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (they of the smashing Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed building and multi-layered Mark Bradford exhibition) has named Amie Siegel the winner of the $25,000 James and Audrey Foster Prize, a biennial award recognizing a Boston-area artist of exceptional promise. Siegel’s award-winning film, “Black Moon” (2010) is on view at the ICA along with the work of the eight other finalists: Robert de Saint Phalle, Eirik Johnson, Fred Liang, Rebecca Meyers, Matthew Rich, Daniela Rivera, Evelyn Rydz, and Steve Tourlentes. The exhibition runs through January 17.

Another biennial award exhibition is in the works on the other side of the country, where the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has announced that artists Mauricio Ancalmo, Colter Jacobsen, Ruth Laskey, and Kamau Amu Patton have been selected for its biennial Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Art Award. The award honors Bay Area artists “who are working independently at a high level of artistic maturity but who have not yet received substantial recognition.” Recipients are chosen during a 10-month process involving the local arts community, artists, SECA members, and museum staff. After making studio visits to the 30 finalists, SFMOMA assistant curators Apsara DiQuinzio (painting and sculpture), and Tanya Zimbardo (media arts) selected the four winners. Each will receive a cash prize and will be featured in an exhibition that will open at SFMOMA in the fall of 2011.