Jennie C. Jones’s experimental sound innovations earn her a big cash prize.
Jennie C. Jones’s experimental sound innovations earn her a big cash prize.
February 8

SAIC Alumna Wins Major Arts Prize

The Studio Museum in Harlem recently awarded SAIC alumna Jennie C. Jones (BFA 1991) the annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize—“one of the most significant awards given to individual artists in the U.S. today,” artdaily.org reports. The $50,000 award recognizes artistic achievements of African American artists who demonstrate innovation, promise, and creativity.  “Jones creates work in many forms—from drawing and painting to sculpture and sound installation—investigating how sound and music can be portrayed with a sparse visual language,” the article states. “Jones is particularly interested in the simultaneous innovations in art and music of the 1950s and 60s, drawing upon the influences and aesthetics of experimental jazz and Minimalist art as she embraces improvisation, readymade objects and the material culture of music.”