By Ernest Disney-Britton
Noted art critic, Richard Mcbee has described Siona Benjamin's work as "simply beautiful" (see above), and you agree. Following a string of 2012 exhibitions and talks from Colorado to New York, an overwhelming majority of A&O members/subscribers joined Mcbee in voting her series, "Finding Home" as the A&O Religious Art of 2012 for breaking religious barriers to interfaith dialogue in America. Unlike previous years, where a single work has been singled out for recognition, this year Benjamin's collective work and outreach is being recognized for its impact as a catalyst for dialogue that is changing a religiously ignorant America. That's why we proudly salute this New Jersey-based artist, born in India as a Jew as the NEWS OF WEEK.
The following is a summary of the A&O Prizes for Contemporary Religious Art 2012:
- American Artwork of Year: Siona Benjamin (above) for her "Finding Home" series [Previous Honorees]
- Clergy Advocate of Year: Chancellor Eisen of Jewish Theologicial Seminary for proposing a new "arts integrated" path to Jewish learning. [Previous Honorees]
- Youth Honoree | 1st Prize: Samreen Uzzama's "Life of a Shoe" photo-collage explores intersections of Islam and play. [More News]
- Youth Honoree | 2nd Prize: Arica Simon's "Dreidel" video explores intersections of Judiasm and play. [More News]
- Youth Honoree | 3rd Prize: Sanjne Vinze's "Om" batik explores intersections of Hinduism and play. [More News]