AXA ART PRIZE 2021 announces the winner | New

NEW YORK, 28 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – AXA XL is pleased to announce the 2021 First and Second Prize winners AXA Art Prize. Audrey Rodriguez, current student at the New York Academy of Art, was selected as the winner of the first prize by the jurors Bo bartlett, Rachel Feinstein, Elizabeth peyton, Calida Rawles and Peter Saul. The title of his winning piece is “Los Vendedores de Churros y Mangos de la Estación Atlantic-Barclays”. The second prize was awarded to Assata Mason of School of the Art Institute of Chicago for his work “Rattus”.

The AXA Art Prize is the country’s first student art competition dedicated to figurative art and since its launch in 2018, thousands of budding artists have submitted works in the hope of being chosen. The 2021 AXA Art Prize exhibition, featuring 40 shortlisted finalists, will be presented at the New York Academy of the Arts to Tribeca from November 1-17 and practically at

According to Artnet news, in just three years, the AXA Art Prize has played a major role in “discovering the next big thing in figurative art” among art students today. The first winner in 2018, Monica ikegwu of Maryland Institute College of Art, has since had a solo exhibition at the Band of Vices Gallery in Los Angeles and has been presented in major group exhibitions, including “Black Renaissance” at the UTA Artists Space. The 2019 winner, Anna Park of the New York Academy of Art, has since had works acquired by major museums including the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the ICA Miami, the MFA Houston and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The 2020 winner, Michon Sanders of California College of the Arts, was profiled in The New York Times only six months after being chosen and will have a personal exhibition at that of San Francisco Friends Indeed Gallery in January 2022.

Comment, Jennifer schipf, Global Chief Underwriting Officer, Fine Art & Specie, AXA XL said: “For four consecutive years this competition has brought together some of the most outstanding artists from across the country. This year’s exhibition not only highlights the quality of fine art created by talented young people, but the deep connection between art and social change. We hope that many will be able to explore it in person and online. “

The 40 shortlisted works in the exhibition were selected from over 600 submissions by an exhibition jury made up of of Ian alteveer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harry cooper of the National Art Gallery, Rita Gonzales the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Ashley james from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalog presenting an essay by an art critic and New York Times donor Seph rodney.

Instead of an in-person reception and awards ceremony, AXA XL will offer several hybrid events, including lectures and intimate tours, during the duration of the show. In addition, the exhibition can be viewed virtually on

The AXA Art Prize boasts an advisory board of 36 leading art schools in the United States, including Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pratt Institute and Bard College.

For more information on the award, the advisory board and jurors, and to view the shortlisted works, visit

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Founded in 1982 by artists, academics and patrons, including Andy warhol, the New York Academy of Art is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution that combines intensive technical training in drawing, painting and sculpture with active critical discourse. Academy students learn traditional methods and techniques and are encouraged to use these skills to create vital contemporary art. Through large exhibitions, a lively lecture series and an ambitious educational program, the Academy serves as a creative and intellectual center for all artists dedicated to highly skilled and conceptual figurative and figurative art.

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