Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr (3rd Prize)
About the Artist
Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr. is black, non-binary, and practices primarily in America. The Artist collaborates with people to make artwork for the people. They are an MFA candidate in PSU’s Art and Social Practice program. This spring they were also awarded the Andries Deinum Prize for Visionaries and Provocateurs from the PSU College of the Arts.
Their practice has been dedicated to developing the necessary skills to encourage advanced development of imaginative thinking and self-confident expression in young people ages 4 to 15. They pursue these professional and creative goals passionately because they believe empowered and open-minded young people are the best and most direct way to contribute to ensuring a sustainable and prosperous future society.
About the Prize
The Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prizes were created in 2013 with a gift from the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation to help raise awareness of the quality of art education at PSU and to honor the late Arlene Schnitzer, who was a devoted and inspired leader of art and culture in Portland.
1st Prize: $5500
2nd Prize $4000
3rd Prize $3000
Applications are accepted spring term.
About the Exhibition
Prize winners are honored with an awards celebration and an exhibition of their work at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at PSU.