Painter Cy Gavin Wins Studio Museum in Harlem’s Annual $50,000 Wein Artist Prize

Thelma Golden presents artist Cy Gavin with the 2023 Wein Prize at the Studio Museum in Harlem’s annual gala. | Photo by Bre Johnson, BFA   The museum’s Oct. 30 gala honored Cy Gavin and Elizabeth Alexander   THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM has been recognizing the potential of individual artists since 2006 with the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize. Painter Cy Gavin is the recipient of the 2023 prize, which includes $50,000. Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum, presented the award to Gavin at the institution’s annual gala on Monday. “Drawing inspiration from nature and the ways in which land has been shaped by histories of enslavement, resistance, and intervention,” Golden said, “Cy embodies the values of this award—great innovation, promise, and creativity.” Gavin is from Donora, Pa. He earned an MFA from Columbia University in 2016 and lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley. He produces large-scale landscapes defined by dramatic, gestural brushstrokes and intense, often vibrant color. The abstracted paintings are inspired by the natural world, including his surroundings in Upstate New York. They also depict cosmic phenomena and reflect the complex backstories of historic sites and human interventions with the land. […]

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