NEW YORK CITY, Nov. 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The AXA Art Prize US, a premier platform supporting emerging talents in the figurative art space, is delighted to announce the winners of its highly anticipated 2023 edition. After careful deliberation and rigorous evaluation, the panel of esteemed judges has selected out- standing artists whose work exemplifies creativity, innovation, and vision.

First Prize ($10,000): Toskago Knight V Wizard (the Hero) Maryland Institute College of Art

Toskago’s compelling artwork, “Knight V Wizard (the Hero),” captivated the jury with its masterful technique and profound storytelling. The artist’s talent shines brightly, showcasing a deep understanding of artistic expression and creative innovation.

Second Prize ($5,000): Temple Douglass Taking Care of Myself University of Georgia

Temple Douglass’ “Taking Care of Myself” stood out for its thought-provoking narrative and artistic finesse. This poignant piece, originating from the University of Georgia, demonstrates a remarkable ability to con- vey complex emotions and ideas through the medium of art.

“Both finalists showed remarkable skills in painting and drawing as well as poignant and psychological sub-

ject matter,” said Prize Juror Jules de Balincourt.

Temple Douglass grew up in Columbus, Georgia, and graduated with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia in May. She creates large-scale, charcoal, figure drawings and explores themes of isolation and melancholy. Temple is the daughter of Karl and Tonya Douglass.

Douglass is one of 40 student artists who have been selected for the sixth edition of the AXA Art Prize US 2023 Exhibition.

Over 700 submissions were received from a record 203 different schools, both undergraduate and graduate pro- grams. Submissions were first reviewed by regional jurors from the Prize’s Strategic Advisory Board of 30 major art schools and programs in the U.S. including the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pratt Institute and California College of the Arts. The final 40 works in the exhibition, which include paintings, drawings and prints, were chosen by an Exhibition Jury comprised of Ian Alteveer, Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Peter Eleey, Curator at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Ann Philbin, Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum, and independent curator Nancy Spector.

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