Inaugural Berresford Prize Honors Behind-the-Scenes Work in the Arts

After spending years behind the scenes as an inventive and govt director of assorted arts organizations, Kristy Edmunds will take heart stage on March 25 in Chicago to obtain the inaugural Berresford Prize from United States Artists. The prize, which can be given yearly to a cultural practitioner for his or her work on behalf of artists, comes with an unrestricted award of $25,000.

The new prize is called for Susan V. Berresford, a co-founder and present trustee of United States Artists, a company that makes an attempt to point out the worth of artists to American society.

Ms. Edmunds is at the moment the chief and inventive director of U.C.L.A.’s Center for the Art of Performance. Previously, she has served because the founding govt and inventive director of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and the inaugural consulting inventive director for the Park Avenue Armory in New York, amongst different positions.

“Art doesn’t simply happen by itself — it’s made, shared, and acknowledged as a result of areas and situations are created for it to occur,” Ann Hamilton, a United States Artists trustee, mentioned in a press release. “Kristy is a type of situation makers whose visionary management and sensibility has helped so many artists make their work doable.

When requested about her method to the initiatives she’s concerned with, Ms. Edmunds emphasised that her focus is all the time on “listening to the integrity of the concept” that an artist has. And then, she mentioned, she tries to grasp “how that concept goes to seek out kind from the place it’s beginning.”

For an completed facilitator dedicated to receptive listening, entering into the highlight, even for an evening, could be a barely uncomfortable expertise. Receiving this award, Ms. Edmunds mentioned, is “profoundly humbling” but additionally “extraordinarily unusual and shocking.”

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