You are here

Wexner Prize

The Wexner Prize, first awarded in 1992, recognizes living artists working in any medium or discipline whose achievements reflect bold originality, innovation, and creative excellence. Prize recipients are highly influential, not only within their own field or discipline but across multiple artistic practices. The $50,000 prize is funded by the Wexner Center Foundation through a gift from Leslie H. Wexner, chairman of the Wexner Center Foundation and chairman and founder of Limited Brands, and his wife Abigail Wexner, also a trustee. The recipient is selected by the Wexner Center Foundation trustees, along with the center’s director and senior program staff.

Prize awardees receive an engraved commemorative sculpture designed in 1991 by artist Jim Dine. Throughout his career, Dine has produced numerous images of saws, rakes, pliers, brushes, and other hand tools. According to the artist, hammers which can be used to build as well as to break apart symbolize the creative force that drives artists. A native of Ohio, Dine served as an early member of the Wexner Center’s International Arts Advisory council.

A Distinguished Company

"For me, the most touching thing about the prize is the feeling of being accepted as a part of a group of people that I've admired and loved all along...It is a wonderful family which the Wexner Center brings together."--Gerhard Richter (1998)

Prize Recipients

Film and theater director
Peter Brook

Choreographer
Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage

Artist
Bruce Nauman

Choreographer and filmmaker
Yvonne Rainer

Filmmaker
Martin Scorsese

Painter
Gerhard Richter

Sculptor
Louise Bourgeois

Artist
Robert Rauschenberg

Architect
Renzo Piano

Choreographer
William Forsythe

Clothing Designer
Issey Miyake

Choreographer
Bill T. Jones

Filmmaker
Spike Lee

Photographer
Annie Leibovitz
 

Hours

Galleries
Open September 17, 2016.
Information Desk
9 AM - 6 PM
Cafe
8 AM - 4 PM
Wexner Center Store
10 AM - 6 PM
Josef Albers, Leaf Study IX, c. 1940Leaves on paper28 x 24 ¾ inches© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/ Artists Rights Society New YorkPhoto: Tim Nighswander/Imaging 4 Art

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957
opens September 17, 2016.

Join us for the Fall Exhibition Preview on September 16.