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(BOSTON—May 8, 2013) Katarina Burin has been named the winner of the 2013 James and Audrey Foster Prize, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) announced today. This biennial award recognizing a Boston-area artist of exceptional promise carries a $25,000 prize and an opportunity for the finalists to present their work in an exhibition at the ICA. Burin’s work, along with work by the three other finalists—Sarah Bapst, Mark Cooper, and Luther Price—is on view at the ICA through July 14, 2013.
“We are very pleased to congratulate Katarina Burin and all the finalists for this year’s Foster Prize. Their work exemplifies the innovation, strength and talent of Boston’s robust art community,” said James Foster, Chairman, President and CEO of Charles River Laboratories and ICA Trustee. James and Audrey Foster, passionate collectors and supporters of contemporary art, endowed the prize with a $1 million gift to the ICA.
“We congratulate this year’s James and Audrey Foster Prize winner, Katarina Burin, whose fictional archive of a Bauhaus-era female architect explores themes of absence and presence through the physical traces of human history,” said Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the ICA. “The Foster Prize is an exciting opportunity for us to celebrate Boston-area artists like Katarina, and expose audiences to some of the most innovative work being made in and by our community today.”
Katarina Burin’s work is based on a fictional character, Petra Andrejova-Molnár, a Czechoslovakian architect working in Europe in the years between World War I and World War II. Burin creates this imaginary identity by producing a fictitious museum installation of Andrejova-Molnár’s drawings, architectural models, exhibition catalogues and photographs. Her work highlights a pivotal moment within 20th century architecture—the design of radically new structures intended to promote modern ideas. Burin’s work demonstrates an interest in architecture and design and how they connect with the history and politics of the interwar era.
The winner was selected by a distinguished jury including Mark Dion, artist; Paul Ha, director of MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; and Ali Subotnick, curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
First established in 1999, the James and Audrey Foster Prize (formerly the ICA Artist Prize) is key to the ICA's efforts to nurture and recognize Boston-area artists of exceptional promise. The program creates a significant opportunity for locally-based artists to exhibit their work in a leading contemporary art museum, and offers a substantial financial award of $25,000 to the winner. Recipients of the Foster Prize to date include Ambreen Butt (1999), Laylah Ali (2000), Taylor Davis (2001), Alice Swinden Carter (2002), Douglas R. Weathersby (2003), Kanishka Raja (2004), Kelly Sherman (2006), Andrew Witkin (2008), and Amie Siegel (2010). Works by Ali, Butt, Davis, Sherman and Witkin have entered the ICA Collection, as well as by Rachel Perry Welty, a 2006 prize finalist.
Profiles of the 2013 Foster Prize Finalists

Sarah Bapst’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Selections 10, Bakalar Gallery at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston; Out of the Blue at the Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, Massachusetts; and Marks, Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia. Awards include a Painting Fellowship from the Artists’ Foundation of Massachusetts, and a Visual Arts Fellowship for Works on Paper from the National Endowment for the Arts. Bapst received an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a B.A. from Indiana University. She teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Katarina Burin co-organized a show and series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, where she is currently Visiting Lecturer in Visual and Environmental Studies. Burin’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Andreas Grimm Galerie, New York and Munich; Lucile Corty, Paris; Clockwork, Berlin; Country Club, Cincinnati; and Form/Content, London. She has participated in group exhibitions at White Columns, New York; Participant Inc, New York; Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn and Taxis, Bregenz; Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin; and Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin. Burin received her M.F.A. from Yale University and her B.F.A. from University of Georgia.
Mark Cooper is known for his large public art pieces, made in collaboration with children, hospital patients, students, and other constituencies, for such institutions as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston College Museum, Capital Children's Museum and Corcoran Museum in Washington, DC, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Grounds, and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris. He has received equal attention for his solo gallery and Museum exhibitions including his recent More Is More exhibition at Samson Gallery in Boston. Mark Cooper has received numerous grants and fellowships including an Open Society Institute Fellowship and Mass. Cultural Council Fellowships in Sculpture and in Crafts. He received his M.F.A. from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Boston College, as well as a Graduate and Regular Faculty at the SMFA. Cooper's work is in several major museums, as well as corporate and private collections.
Luther Price studied Sculpture and Media/Performing Arts at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he currently teaches. Known for his work as a filmmaker, Price also makes handmade slides out of found footage that he cuts up, reassembles, combines, and otherwise alters. He often presses other things between the two glass plates of the slides, projecting ants, dirt, and adhesive materials onto the gallery wall. Like his work with Super-8 and 16 mm film, these slides are studies of a dying technology, pushing and exploring the qualities of light projected through and onto a variety of materials. Price’s work is currently on view in the exhibition Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts (through April 21, 2013). His work was selected for the 2012 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and has also been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Cinematheque, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, among other institutions.
The exhibition and prize are generously endowed by James and Audrey Foster.

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