The Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award

The Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award provides resources to mature and established visual artists with a long history of creative practice. 

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to announce multimedia artists Suzanne Jackson and Jenny Snider as the 2021 recipients of its Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award, which was inaugurated in 2015. 

With the support of an anonymous donor, NYFA created this annual unrestricted cash award of $12,000 to enable mature artists with a long history of creative practice to pursue deeper investigations or new explorations that can inform and enrich their work. It has been developed in memory of the artist Murray Reich, a New York-based painter who also had a highly regarded career as a professor of art at Bard College.

Reich’s widow, Elizabeth Weatherford, commented in 2015, “Murray appreciated the capacity of artists to turn to their inner lives, and to draw out ideas, beauty, mistakes, or innovations. He would be so pleased that this award will open up new possibilities for the selected artists, allowing them to devote concentrated time–to working, or reflection, or travel, or producing projects, or developing their archives and websites.”

In 2020, The Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award funds were be donated to the Keep NYS Creating Project Grant. This program was established in response to COVID-19 to help artists in Western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Mid-Hudson, and Long Island continue their creative projects that have been interrupted due to the pandemic.

2021 MURRAY REICH DISTINGUISHED ARTIST AWARD RECIPIENTS

With a distinguished international career spanning five decades, Suzanne Jackson ​​has worked experimentally across genres including drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking, poetry, dance, and theater and costume design. She has exhibited work in prestigious museums and galleries, and is represented in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Baltimore Museum of Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; California African American Museum: CAAM, Los Angeles; Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields; Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington; and others.

Working professionally for over five decades, Jenny Snider (Fellow in Painting in ’86 and ’91) has exhibited widely in New York and the United States, including a 2018 solo exhibition at Edward Thorp Gallery, New York. She finds inspiration for her work in personal memory, as well as in our shared cultural and historical memories. She makes narratives of these moments in many media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and animated film. Snider’s work is included in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Jewish Museum, all in New York; Davis Museum at Wellesley College; and in numerous private collections.

ABOUT MURRAY REICH

Born and raised in Coney Island and the South Bronx, Murray Reich (1932-2012) attended City College and received his M.F.A. in Painting from Boston University. Following his first solo show in New York at Max Hutchinson Gallery, Reich was awarded a Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship. His work was exhibited in two Whitney Annuals and at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as solo shows and group exhibitions, and he received other fellowships, including from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Reich was Professor Emeritus of Painting at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he taught for 25 years. He served on the faculty of the Graduate Program in Art at Hunter College in New York. He was the inaugural director of Tanglewood’s Summer Program in Art in Massachusetts, and also taught at Boston University.  He lived and worked in New York City, Provincetown, and Mt. Tremper in upstate New York.

2016 MURRAY REICH DISTINGUISHED ARTIST AWARD RECIPIENTS

Chuck Ginnever (1931-2019)
Jane Kaufman (1938 – 2021)

2017 MURRAY REICH DISTINGUISHED ARTIST AWARD RECIPIENTS

Merion Estes
Mario Martinez

2018 MURRAY REICH DISTINGUISHED ARTIST AWARD RECIPIENTS

Sarah Draney
Rick Klauber
Reeva Potoff
Kay WalkingStick

2019 MURRAY REICH DISTINGUISHED ARTIST AWARD RECIPIENT

Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith

Applications are by invitation only.

Image: Murray Reich, courtesy of the artist