March 7 – April 17, 2016Transformations, the 12th annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, features the 2016 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art recipients Matthew Courtney (Philadelphia), Sun Young Kang (Bryn Mawr), and Zahra Nazari (New York). Masters of their primary mediums and inspired by cultural specificity, each artist expands their artistic practice to embrace installation with works that fully engage the audience in constructed objects, the spaces they inhabit, and the concepts they conjure. Through painting, ceramic sculpture, and paper arts, these artists transform, not only their own materials, but the galleries themselves into unexpected environments that dance between the evident and the ethereal.
The Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, presented by Main Line Art Center in conjunction with the Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, consists of an award of $1000 and a solo exhibition to each selected artist. This award and associated exhibition program is an effort to support the talented contemporary artists in the region, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement.
Approximately three artists are awarded annually. The 2015 recipients of the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art were Seunghwui Koo (New York), Tasha Lewis (New York), and Kate Stewart (Philadelphia), featured in Tweak of Nature, presented at Main Line Art Center in Spring 2015. 2016 Recipient Sun Young Kang was a finalist for the award in 2015.