Howardena Pindell, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Art at Stony Brook University, has won the 2019 Artist Award from the Artists’ Legacy Foundation for her “multifaceted practice that explores composition and color, as well as political topics including racism, feminism, and exploitation.”
The Artist Award is an unrestricted merit award of $25,000 given annually to a painter or sculptor who has made significant contributions to their field and whose work shows evidence of the hand.
“I am very thrilled to receive the Artist Award…. I am used to being under the radar,” said Pindell. She cites the support of dealer Garth Greenan and the encouragement of friends, family, and colleagues who never give up.
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Professor Pindell celebrates her 40th year teaching at Stony Brook. Earlier this year she received the 2019 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement by the College Art Association. Throughout her career, Pindell has created artworks with richly textured surfaces that explore complex and coded narratives. Her practice spans many media, including painting, works on paper, photography, film, and performance.
Among Pindell’s most recognized bodies of work are meticulously assembled paintings and works on paper utilizing hole-punched dots, numbered and embedded in handmade paper or laid within tight grids on canvases. In artworks from the 1980s, the dots are repositioned to stand on end, creating textural surfaces that incorporate light and shadow as formal elements.