Sara Rahbar | Finalist

Burke Prize 2019

An exhibition of works from the 2019 finalists for the Museum's Burke Prize, awarded to a contemporary artist under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metal, and/or wood. Selected by a jury of professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design, the finalists represent emerging voices expanding the disciplines at the core of American studio craft movement whose highly accomplished work demonstrates a strong use of materials, innovative processes, and conceptual rigor and relevance. 


Named for Marian and Russell Burke, two passionate collectors of craft and longtime supporters of MAD, the Burke Prize is an unrestricted award of $50,000. The winner will be announced November 4 at MAD Ball, the Museum's annual benefit gala and dinner. 


The exhibition is curated by MAD Assistant Curator Samantha De Tillio and Assistant Manager of Curatorial Affairs Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy with support from Curatorial Assistant Alida Jekabson.


The Museum of Arts and Design is grateful for the generosity of Marian and Russell Burke for making possible the 2019 Burke Prize.



Elizabeth Alexander, Winston-Salem, NC
Indira Allegra, Oakland, CA
Bisa Butler, West Orange, NJ
Amber Cowan, Philadelphia, PA
Tanda Francis, Brooklyn, NY
Bojana Ginn, Decatur, GA
Raven Halfmoon, Norman, OK
Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Chicago, IL
Lauren Kalman, Detroit, MI
Helen Lee, Madison, WI
Linda Lopez, Fayetteville, AR
Jaydan Moore, Richmond, VA
Sophia Narrett, Brooklyn, NY
Sara Rahbar, New York, NY
Julie Schenkelberg, Detroit, MI
Sarah Zapata, Brooklyn, NY

Burke Prize 2019 Jury

Julia Bryan-Wilson
Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, UC Berkeley

Valerie Cassel Oliver
Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Cannupa Hanska Luger
2018 Burke Prize Winner

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