Wednesday, May 17, 2023

23rd Annual Rappaport Lecture with Steve Locke

Steve Locke Portrait

About 23rd Annual Rappaport Lecture with Steve Locke

Please join us for a lecture by Steve Locke, the recipient of the 2022 Rappaport Art Prize. Spanning painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation, Locke’s artistic practice critically addresses the history of western art and interrogates the connections between desire, identity, and violence. Locke is a recognized teacher and author, and has offered moving reflections on the connections between politics and American art.

About the Artist:
Steve Locke (b.1963 in Cleveland, Ohio), lives and works in Brooklyn and Hudson, NY. In 2001, Locke received his BFA and MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Locke has exhibited extensively, including solo exhibitions at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, and Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where his 2019 work, Three Deliberate Grays for Freddie: A Memorial for Freddie Gray, was described by the Boston Globe as, “[A]bstract and enigmatic, at once a vivid display of beauty and a somber spot for mourning.” In 2020, Locke received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Long recognized for the excellence of his teaching, Locke is Professor of Fine Art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. He is represented by LaMontagne Gallery and Alexander Gray Associates.

About the Rappaport Art Prize:
Created in 2000 and endowed in 2010, the Rappaport Prize is presented to a contemporary artist with strong connections to New England and a proven record of achievement. The Rappaport Prize is one of the most generous contemporary art awards of its kind. In 2010, the Prize was endowed in perpetuity by the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation, assuring the ongoing support of contemporary art and artists in New England. In 2022, the foundation increased the award to an unrestricted gift of $50,000.

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