Painter Mary Weatherford has won the Artists' Legacy Foundation's 2014 Artist Award. Founded in 2000, the foundation, based in Oakland, Calif., has presented an annual award to painters or sculptors since 2007. The prize comes with an unrestricted $25,000 purse. Dona Nelson was last year's recipient.
Weatherford, who lives in Los Angeles, earned her MFA in 2006 from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., and is represented by Brennan & Griffin in New York and David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles. The artist is currently a Podlich fellow at Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, Calif., whose Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is home to her first site-specific mural, From Mountain to Sea. This fall, the college's Gould Center for Humanistic Studies will publish a book on Weatherford's work, documenting her recent neon paintings in the context of her 25-year career.
Writing about Weatherford's solo exhibition at Kordansky for A.i.A. last spring, Maxwell Williams described Weatherford's paintings as "gauzy mindscapes . . . rendered with Flashe vinyl-based acrylic paint that stains and swirls on the canvas in color fields, before being lyrically interrupted by thin vines of colored neon light."
Weatherford is currently included in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's survey "Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting" (through Mar. 22, 2015) and will be featured in the upcoming exhibition "The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World" (Dec. 14, 2014-Apr. 5, 2015) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.