UArts Alum Is Rome Prize Winner

Dave McKenzie BFA '00 (Printmaking) awarded prestigious fellowship by American Academy in Rome

April 14, 2014

Dave McKenzie BFA '00 (Printmaking) has been named a winner in the 118th annual Rome Prize Competition, awarded by the American Academy in Rome. The Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based visual artist, who explores themes such as pop culture and socialization, took home the Gorham P. Stevens/Jacob H. Lazarus-Metropolitan Museum of Art Rome Prize for his piece “Yuh was a Spen Time a Mocho” (pronounced muk-coh).

Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately 30 individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Rome Prize recipients receive a fellowship that includes a stipend and live/working space, and are invited to live in Rome for six months to two years to immerse themselves in the Academy community.

In addition to the Rome Prize, McKenzie was selected to exhibit his work in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the pace-setter for contemporary American art. This prestigious exhibition runs through May 25 at the Whitney Museum in New York City. His work was also recently on display in the groundbreaking exhibition "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art," the first comprehensive survey of more than five decades of performance art by black visual artists.

In 2005, McKenzie was awarded the $25,000 William H. Johnson Prize for outstanding achievement by an African-American artist and he received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2006. His work has been shown in solo exhibits at the 40,000 Gallery (Chicago), Susanne Vielmetter Gallery (Los Angeles) and Savage Art Resources (Portland, Ore.).

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