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Awardee: Titus Kaphar

Visual Arts, 2015

Titus Kaphar was born in 1976 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He currently lives and works between New York and Connecticut. His paintings, sculptures and experimental films interact with the history of art by appropriating traditional styles and media. Kaphar cuts, bends, sculpts and mixes the work of Classical and Renaissance painters, creating formal games and new tales between fiction and quotation.

http://www.kapharstudio.com

Project: The Jerome Project

The Jerome Project is an investigation into the criminal justice system through the lens of the common and traditionally African-American name, Jerome—the name of the artist’s father. After conducting a series of interviews with Jeromes, Kaphar will work with local high-school students to create a body of work based on their lives and experiences. The final form of the project is a series of paintings and sculptures, an experimental documentary, and national panel discussions on mass incarceration. Working with cinematographer Horacio Marquinez to create a cinematic collage, Kaphar and his collaborators will attempt to highlight both the similarities and distinctions of the Jerome narrative. His intention is to move this project beyond the white cube of the contemporary art gallery into a relevant programming initiative.