The James and Audrey Foster Prize is key to the ICA’s efforts to nurture and recognize Boston-area artists of exceptional promise. First established in 1999, the James and Audrey Foster Prize (formerly the ICA Artist Prize) expanded its format when the museum opened its new facility in 2006. James and Audrey Foster, passionate collectors and supporters of contemporary art, endowed the prize, ensuring the ICA’s ability to sustain and grow the program for years to come. 

The 2017 prize and exhibition will feature the work of Sonia Almeida, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, and Lucy Kim—artists working at a national and international level whose work has received limited exposure here in Boston. In media including painting, sculpture, printmaking, film, and video, and exploring a range of themes and subjects, each of the artists engage the human body with a tactile approach to its cultural, psychological, and historical resonances. Each of the artists will present a major work, or group of works, on view for the first time in Boston. 

Central to the exhibition, this iteration of the James and Audrey Foster Prize features a new program, The Foster Talks, enabling audiences to engage more deeply in the work and practice of the Prize winners. Over the course of the exhibition, each artist will present their work and invite an important writer, artist, performer, researcher, or other cultural producer who has influenced their artwork, or whose own work resonates with the artist’s. The conversations will be followed by a free reception, open to the public. The Foster Talks will connect questions around contemporary art to a broad range of cultural, intellectual, and political issues, creating relationships between art and different fields. 

The 2017 James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition will be organized by Dan Byers, Mannion Family Senior Curator, with Jeffrey De Blois, Curatorial Associate. 

The exhibition and The Foster Talks are generously endowed by James and Audrey Foster.

Supported by

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