The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) has announced that Audrey Flack ’52 will be the recipient of a 2017 Lifetime Achievement (LTA) Award.
The Awards were first presented in 1979 in President Jimmy Carter’s Oval Office to Isabel Bishop, Selma Burke, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, and Georgia O’Keeffe. In the following year, Audrey Flack nominated Lee Krasner, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. They were the first awards recognizing the contribution of women to the arts and their profound effect on society. Today, the Awards continue to honor women, their work, their vision and their commitment.
The WCA describes Flack as “a pioneer of photorealism (the only woman in the ground breaking group) and a nationally recognized painter and sculptor. Audrey Flack’s art is in the collections of major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Museum of Art in Canberra, Australia. She was the first photorealist painter to have work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art.”
“Her monumental sculpture has spearheaded a return to representational public art. Her mission is to present women as strong, intelligent, purposeful individuals with a powerful physiognomy and inner and outer beauty, rather than mere sex objects gazing up at a general on a horse. Flack’s work has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions, including Breaking the Rules—Audrey Flack a retrospective 1950–1990, which included a substantial published catalogue. Recent exhibitions include Heroines: Audrey Flack’s Transcendent Drawings and Prints, which traveled from The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio to the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, New York; and on to the Williams Center Gallery at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. In 2015, two major exhibitions of her work were held: Audrey Flack, the Abstract Expressionist Years at Hollis Taggart Galleries in New York City and Transient Beauty: Photographs by Audrey Flack at Taubman Museum in Roanoke, VA.”
Flack will receive the award on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at a ceremony from 8:00-9:30 PM. The event is open to the public and will be held at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), 1871 Broadway at 61st Street, New York, NY 10023.