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Art Professor Lisa Anne Auerbach Receives Tiffany Foundation Award

Pomona College Assistant Professor of Art Lisa Anne Auerbach

Lisa Anne Auerbach, assistant professor of art, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, marking its 16th Biennial Competition. Winners were selected for their talent, promise and individual artistic strength from a list of more than 400 names gathered by nomination.

The Foundation made 30 unrestricted, $20,000 grants, to artists working in the fields of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, crafts and video. Angela Westwater, president of the foundation, commented, “Our trustees remain committed to supporting talented artists, and in so doing commemorate our founder, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and his artistic legacy.” A panel of artists, critics, and museum professionals from across the country convened over a two-day period to review applications. Candidates were evaluated based upon the quality and serious promise of their work and consideration was given to the amount of critical or commercial recognition their careers have yet received.

Auerbach’s work combines photography, small publications and knitting. The three different media function together in supporting and communicating ideas such as issues of environmental sustainability, urban transformation, the importance of community and home, and the role of individuals in a political landscape.

Her work is currently displayed in a Philadelphia exhibit titled “Tract House: A Darwin Addition,” which is part of the Philagrafika city-wide print festival, sponsored by Philagrafika2010: Out of Print and the American Philosophical Society Museum. For this Auerbach solicited tracts—manifestos, diatribes, stories, rants and poems—from the general public, friends, neighbors, artists, poets and even a Nobel Prize winner, written in response to Darwin’s life and ideas. She and graphic designer Roman Jaster then created 62 printed tracts that visitors may peruse or take, free of charge. Her hope is that the pieces will “educate, activate, infuriate, explicate, obfuscate and titillate.” Other recent exhibits include “nine Lives” at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles) and a solo exhibition at the Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham, UK).

In addition to Auerbach, grants were awarded to:
Derrick Adams - Brooklyn, NY; Diana Al-Hadid - Brooklyn, NY; Dawolu Jabari Anderson - Houston, TX; Andrea Bowers - Los Angeles, CA; Tania Bruguera - Chicago, IL; Matthew Buckingham - Brooklyn, NY; Beth Campbell - Brooklyn, NY; David Colosi - Brooklyn, NY; Kate Gilmore - New York, NY; Josephine Halvorson - Brooklyn, NY; Michael Hurwitz - Philadelphia, PA; Colter Jacobsen - San Francisco, CA; An-My Lê - New York, NY; Judy Linn - New York, NY; Katherine Newbegin - Brooklyn, NY; John Newman - New York, NY; Sarah Oppenheimer - Brooklyn, NY; Ann Pibal - North Bennington, VT; Matthias Pliessnig - Philadelphia, PA; Julika Rudelius - Brooklyn, NY; Matt Saunders - Baltimore, MD; Joseph Scanlan - New York, NY; Gedi Sibony - Brooklyn, NY; Dean Snyder - Providence, R; Alison Elizabeth Taylor - Brooklyn, NY; Christopher Taylor - Central Falls, RI ; Phoebe Washburn - New York, NY; Suara Welitoff - Cambridge, MA; and Joe Zane - Cambridge, MA.

For more on Auerbach, read "Faculty at Home" from the Winter 2010 issue of Pomona College Magazine.