Luhring Augustine congratulates Simone Leigh on being awarded the 2017 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize. One of the most significant awards given to individual artists in the United States today, the prize was established in 2006 by jazz impresario, musician and philanthropist George Wein to honor his late wife, Joyce Alexander (1928-2005), a long-time Trustee of the Studio Museum and a woman whose life embodied a commitment to the power and possibilities of art and culture. Presented each year at the Studio Museum’s fall Gala, the $50,000 award recognizes and honors the artistic achievements of an African-American artist who demonstrates great innovation, promise and creativity. 


Photo: Paul Mpagi Sepuya