Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Philip Campbell wins 2016 Alpha & Omega Prize for Contemporary Religious Arts

Philip Campbell in his studio. Image courtesy of The Indianapolis Star
Philip Campbell has won the online readers' poll for the 2016 Alpha Omega Prize - Artist of the Year for his woodcut "Rising From the Fire." The Christian artist, in an interfaith field of ten finalists that includes those who identify as Buddhist, atheist, and Jewish, won with a majority of subscriber votes when the month-long poll closed yesterday (Oct. 1-31). Campbell placed ahead of the other finalists in the following order: R. CrumbTom TorluemkeWalter McConnellTobi KahnArmando Adrian-LopezScott BrooksJ.C. Lewis, and Michele Castagenetti. First awarded in 2008, the Alpha & Omega Prize for Contemporary Religious Arts recognizes contemporary visual art that promotes religious dialogue in America, for better or worse.
"Rising From the Fire" (2016) by Philip Campbell on display at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis
This is the ninth consecutive round of the Alpha Omega Prize. The ten finalists are determined by the highest page views for news posts of the previous 365 days. The Artist of the Year will receive a crystal award and a purchase prize of up to $500 for acquiring an original of their work or publication of such work. The list of annual winners features many contemporary art giants: from Kehinde Wiley (2008) to Donald Jackson (2015), and Helen Zughaib (2009) to Banksy (2011). Alpha Omega Arts’ editors will choose the other two award categories: Clergy of the Year and Museum Exhibition of the Year and will announce those winners in Sunday's e-newsletter.
Alpha & Omega Prize for Contemporary Religious Arts, established in 2008