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“When I look at what opportunities we have, as artists living in the South, this is so significant,” Benjamin said after winning. “There are not many of these prizes for artists who are not in New York.”
Louisiana photographer Jeremiah Ariaz received the Southern Prize finalist award of $10,000.
A panel of four jurors reviewed nearly 700 submissions with the only criterion of “artistic excellence” to determine the nine fellows, a press release said. A second panel of jurors reviewed the fellows to determine the winner and finalist.
Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts, said the fellows “reflect the richly diverse arts and culture of our region, and each offers a distinct viewpoint with their work and background.”
The fellowship and prize program is in its second year. The awards are presented to the artists as unrestricted funds.
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