AXA Art Insurance, which provides insurance to artists, galleries and museums, gives an annual award to an emerging or under-recognized contemporary artist, and this year instituted a new system for choosing the recipient: a distinguished artist is asked to identify an artist recipient for the AXA Artist Award recognition and grant. Celebrated artist Elizabeth Murray, AXA’s first such artist, selected painter and SVA alumnus Suzanne McClelland (MFA 1989 Fine Arts) as the recipient of the 2006 AXA Artist Award. McClelland received the award, which includes a $25,000 grant, at an event held during last week’s Art Basel Miami Beach art fair.
In other awards news, the Society of Illustrators (SOI) has chosen SVA’s “How Bad Do You Want to be Good?” ad campaign for inclusion in the SOI’s 49th Annual Exhibition. The campaign, produced by creative director Ed McCabe and illustrator Paul Davis (G 1959 Illustration), will receive the Silver Medal for Advertising at a gala awards presentation in March 2007. Also, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut announced that the 2006 Larry Aldrich Award will go to Elizabeth Peyton (1987 Fine Arts). The annual award honors an American artist whose work has had a significant impact on contemporary visual culture during the previous three years. Peyton will receive $25,000 from the museum, and there will be an exhibition of her work on view at the Aldrich in 2008.