Announcements

The Herb Alpert Foundation commissioned an extraordinary short film about the prize and the people it has touched. Take a look!

“We are proud to celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of Herb Alpert Award in the Arts,” says Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation. “Each year the Award recognizes five extraordinary innovative mid–career artists who consistently take creative risks. Our work at the Foundation supports programs that offer arts education from early childhood through professional development based on the belief that each of us has a unique voice that can be explored through the arts and have personal transformation as well as societal impact.”

2016 Herb Alpert Award Panelists
 
DANCE:
Nora Chipaumire, choreographer, performer, 2012 Herb Alpert Award Winner, New York
 
Joanna Haigood, artistic director, Zaccho Dance Theatre, 1998 Herb Alpert Award Winner, San Francisco
 
Louise Steinman, writer/curator, ALOUD series, Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Los Angeles
 
FILM/VIDEO:
Romi Crawford, associate professor, Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
 
Alex Juhasz, professor of Media Studies, Pitzer College, Pasadena, CA
 
Astria Suparak, curator and artist, Pittsburgh, PA
 
MUSIC:
Adam Fong, composer, and co–founder, Center for New Music, San Francisco
 
Myra Melford, composer, 2012 Herb Alpert Award Winner, professor, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
 
Francisco Nuñez, conductor, composer, director, Young People’s Chorus of New York City, New York
 
THEATRE:
Maria Goyanes, associate producer, The Public Theater, New York
 
Gideon Lester, director of Theatre Programs, Bard College, Annandale–on–Hudson, NY
 
Angela Mattox, artistic director, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland, OR
 
VISUAL ARTS:
Helen Molesworth, chief curator, MOCA, Los Angeles
 
Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
 
Emily Zimmerman, associate curator of Programs, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Category:
Dance

Congrats to choreographer Michelle Dorrance, 9th Herb Alpert Award Artist to become MacArthur Fellow! Natalia Almada ('11), Carrie Mae Weems ('96), George Lewis ('99), Kerry James Marshall ('97), Pepón Osorio ('99), Steve Coleman ('00), Suzan-Lori Parks ('96), Vijay Iyer ('03).

Congratulations too 2012 Alpert/UCROSS recipient La Toya Frazier.

Congratulations to artists Jesse McLean, Richard Montoya, Julie Murray, and Rodrigo Reyes for being selected as Alpert/MacDowell Fellows. Fellows receive a month at the MacDowell Colony and a $750.00 stipend from the Herb Alpert program.
 
Founded in 1907 and situated on 450 woodland acres in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the MacDowell Colony, the most distinguished and oldest artist colony in America, is known for the talent and mix of its artists. Fellows include architects, composers, film and video makers, writers and interdisciplinary and visual artists. There are 32 private studios assigned according to the work proposed.
 

Click here for the full article.

"The winners represent a kind of adventurousness," says awards director Irene Borger. "One of the questions I ask of the jury is, 'What makes you curious? What's interesting? ... And for whom will the prize make a difference?'"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 30, 2015
 
Santa Monica — The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) will award the 21st Annual Herb Alpert Award in the Arts to five exceptional mid–career artists, presented at a lunch hosted by the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica on May 1st 2015.
 
 
Herb Alpert said of the 2015 HAAIA winners, “It’s exciting to be able to support these five unique artists who are always on the hunt for something they don’t yet know, something real that touches us in a deep place. Whether they are writing a concerto, making a film, an installation, a ruckus or a dance, they always look for something special and original to say. These are artists with the passion, talent and the restlessness that never makes them stop. They HAVE TO make art not just for themselves… but for all of US.
 
The awards recognize past performance and future promise to artists working in Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts; an outstanding candidate in each genre receives a prize of $75,000.
 
“We are delighted to celebrate the winners of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts,” says Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation. “Now in its 21st year, the program honors and supports five innovative and courageous mid–career artists, chosen for their vital work which embodies the transformative power of the arts. We look forward to their continued explorations and success.”
 
The California Institute of the Arts, more commonly referred to as CalArts, has administered the awards since their inception. CalArts President Steven D. Lavine said, “Nothing is more precious for artists than the gift of time to dive deeply into their work. But art is also almost always about generosity and sharing. The Herb Alpert Awards generously underwrite that creative time as well as the weeklong residency that each artist does at CalArts, allowing the Herb Alpert recipients to share generously with the next generation of art makers.”
 
“Each of this year’s winners makes us stop, draw on our own vulnerability, and extend our thinking,” says Irene Borger, Director of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. She describes why the 2015 winners were chosen.
 
DANCE:
Maria Hassabi, for changing the nature of spectatorship, for challenging conventional ideas about performance, for stripping away busyness and the ornamentation of dancing to allow for rare contemplative experience.
 
FILM/VIDEO:
Sharon Lockhart, for her films which combine structural rigor, formal exactitude, exquisite beauty, intimate attention, commitment to a cinema of duration, and a sympathetic ethnographic eye in a post–minimalist aesthetic entirely her own.
 
MUSIC:
Julia Wolfe, for her fresh, uncompromising artistry, her vibrant, direct, and emotionally powerful works generous and bold in spirit and her engagement with socially conscious issues, a tradition that is passionately and unapologetically American to the core.
 
THEATRE:
Taylor Mac, for his fierce, disarming, beautiful, transgressive, emotionally vulnerable work; for social critique disguised as glitter, ambitious scope, and for effervescently rearranging audiences perceptions while creating a great time.
 
VISUAL ARTS:
Tania Bruguera, for the complexity, longevity, and urgency of her work, for her strong formal clarity and ongoing contribution to international conversations on freedom of speech and illegal immigration. The panel honors her for her commitment to resisting market pressures in order to seek an ethics of what art can do, and recognize the innovative ways she has reinvented the language of activism within contemporary culture.
 
For more information about the Awards, please visit:
www.herbalpertawards.org
www.herbalpertfoundation.org
 
Herb Alpert Foundation media requests, contact:
Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications
caroline@c4global.com | 310 899 2727 | www.c4global.com
 

 

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Music

The single most important thing that you can do to develop a more sophisticated musical ear is to work on melody and rhythm memory.

The following exercise will help with melody memory and eventually allow you to enjoy listening to music with improved perception for melodic detail.  This is the familiar song that little children sing when expressing one-upmanship while playing a game with friends.  The syllables are expressed in relative pitch (and height) to each other.

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

nah

 

 

nah

 

 

nah

 

 

nah

 

 

naaah

If any of you are musicians or have a musical instrument at hand you can use the following pitches.

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

D

 

 

C

 

 

C

 

 

A

 

 

A

Assume that the five syllables are numbered 1 through 5.  Try memorizing the pitches (and the corresponding numbers), then try singing them in the following sequences:

2  1  3  4  5

5  4  3  2  1

2  1  2  3

2  1  3

2  3  2  3  4

2  1  2  1  3  3  2

...and any other combination that you can think of.

Try this with a friend:  Sing one of the above pitch orders and have the friend tell you the corresponding numbers.  In this case the person singing should try to 'hear' the melody in your head and memorize the corresponding numbers before you sing it.

Also try using different rhythms.

Watch one of a kind interviews with the 2014 Herb Alpert Artists.

Michelle Dorrance

Matana Roberts

Annie Dorsen

Daniel Joseph Martinez

Congratulations to Grisha Coleman (Dance), Taylor Mac (Th), Sean San Jose (Th), Matthew Porterfield (F/V) and Chris Sullivan (F/V)

 
The Herb Alpert Foundation hosted their annual award lunch on Friday, May 9th. — Santa Monica, California
 
R: Michelle Dorrance, Matana Roberts, Deborah Stratman, Herb Alpert, Lani Hall Alpert, Annie Dorsen, Daniel Joseph Martinez
(Photo by: Matt Sayles/Invision for The Herb Alpert Foundation/AP Images)

The Herb Alpert Award was initiated and funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and has been administered by California Institute of the Arts since 1994. During their prize year, Herb Alpert Award winners spend at least one week in residence at CalArts. Some - including playwrights Suzan-Lori Parks and Carl Hancock Rux, and composer Anne LeBaron - have returned as full-time faculty. Dean of CalArts' Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts Stephan Koplowitz first came to CalArts after winning the 2004 Herb Alpert Award in Dance.

Category:
Film/Video

"All Vows," directed and written by Bill Morrison ('06), co-written by Michael Gordon.

New York Premiere, Opening at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Click here to view trailer.

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Visual Arts

Take a closer look at web, sound, and film projects by Alpert Artists Christian Marclay ('02) and Michael Smith ('12), now available online: 

 
 
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Visual Arts

Adam Simon from Bomb Magazine interviews Alpert Artist Byron Kim ('08) about portraiture and how to find something in nothing.

Read more here.

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Dance

Alpert Artist Julia Rhoads' ('13)  Lucky Plush performs at the Loeb Playhouse February 7th at 8pm.

“a visually, kinetically, sonically and intellectually dazzling piece of dance theater” - Chicago Sun Times

Click here to buy tickets

“a visually, kinetically, sonically and intellectually dazzling piece of dance theater” (Chicago Sun Times) - See more at: http://www.convocations.org/portfolio/lucky-plush-2-7-14/#sthash.dsuomj5Q.dpuf
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Theatre

Alpert Artist Carl Hancock Rux ('03) has been invited by Alpert Artist Carrie Mae Weems ('96) to participate in her retrospective at the Guggenheim April 25-27th.

Weems brings with her artists she says have "broadened the path that has made me who I am and my work possible".

The three day celebration will include film, video, performance, projected realities, interviews, panels, poetry, music and more.

Category:
Visual Arts

Alpert Artist Carrie Mae Weems ('96) talks about race, gender and her deserved recognition in ELLE Magazine. 

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Visual Arts

Alpert Artist Cai Guo-Qiang ('01) features a solo exhibition, "Falling Back to Earth", at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Australia. 

For the first time ever, all 3,000 square meters of GOMA’s ground floor have been dedicated to an exhibition of work by a single living artist.

Category:
Visual Arts

"Her love of our city comes through her photographs and I'm excited to have her images welcome visitors to L.A. and Angelenos back home." -LATimes

Alpert Artist Catherine Opie ('03) takes new photographs of Eric Garcetti for LAX. 

Category:
Music

Herb Alpert Award Artist Butch Morris ('06)

February 10, 1947 - January 29, 2013

A Tribute To The Music of Lawrence D. 'Butch' Morris | James Blood Ulmer + David Murray Octet Present | France 11/30/13

Category:
Theatre
 
 
"...Is there a space outside of the elite museum archive, and outside of the rapid and massive digital repertoire, where one can practice contemplation in the spirit of nonownership, and where play isn’t professionalized (another job)?"
Category:
Music

Herb Alpert Award Artist Myra Melford: Language of Dreams

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9, 8 PM
YBCA Forum

Click here to watch a video featuring Myra.

A congratulations to the following Alpert Artists for their nominations in:

Outstanding Revived Work: Donna Uchizono  ('05) for "State of Heads"

Outstanding Musical Composition/Sound Design: Nora Chipaumire's ('12) choreography for "Miriam"

Outstanding Productions (of a work stretching the boundaries of a traditional form): Joanna Haigood ( '98 ) for "Paseo" and Marc Bamuthi Joseph ( '11) for "red, black, & GREEN: a blues"

The 29th Annual Bessie Awards took place October 7, 2013 at 8:00pm at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City.

Category:
Theatre

This month, Nature Theater of Oklahoma (Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska) is presenting Life and Times Episodes 4.5 & 5 as part of its acclaimed Crossing the Line 2013 festival in New York.


A three-minute clip from Episode 4.5 will be shown simultaneously across 15 electronic billboards in Times Square as part of Midnight Moment. The video will play every night throughout September from 11:57 p.m. - midnight.

 

The 2013 New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award
winners and nominees:


Outstanding Revived Work: Donna Uchizono  (AAIA '05) for "State of Heads"

Outstanding Productions (of a work stretching the boundaries of a traditional form): Joanna Haigood (AAIA '98 ) for "Paseo" and Marc Bamuthi Joseph (AAIA '11) for "red, black, & GREEN: a blues"

Read more here.

John Kelly (AAIA Dance '01) unveils a new cycle of covers.

Read more.

 

Category:
Theatre

Congratulations to Dan Hurlin (AAIA in Theatre '04) winner of the 2013-14 Jesse Howard, Jr. Rome Prize.

To read.

Category:
Theatre

To Read

Category:
Theatre
 
 
 

Congratulations to:

Eisa Davis (AAIA '12) for receiving the Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance

Nature Theater of Oklahoma (AAIA '13) for their Special Citation for Life and Times: Episodes 1-4  

Lisa D'Amour (AAIA '08 ) Best New American Play: Detroit

 

Click here to read more on the 2013 Obie Awards Announcement.

2013 Alpert Award in the Arts winners with Herb and Lani Alpert.

(L to R: Lani Alpert, Alex Mincek, Sharon Hayes, Herb Alpert, Kelly Copper, Julia Rhoads, Pavol Liska, Lucien Castaing-Taylor)

Artists with extraordinary talent win the $75,000 Alpert Award in the Arts for Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theater and Visual Arts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Santa Monica, May 10, 2013:

The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) have awarded the 19th annual Alpert Award in the Arts to six exceptional mid-career artists. The award, a prize of $75,000,recognizes past performance and future promise to artists working in Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Herb Alpert, the legendary musician and artist who created the Herb Alpert Foundation with his wife Lani Hall and gave the first Alpert Award in the Arts in 1995, says, “All of this year’s winners represent the essence of the Alpert Award. They take aesthetic, intellectual and political risks, and challenge worn-out conventions. They’re unafraid of the unknown.”

The 2013 Winners are:

Julia Rhoads, Dance: choreographer, director, performer; Chicago, IL
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Film/Video: anthropologist, artist, filmmaker; Cambridge, MA
Alex Mincek, Music: composer and saxophonist; New York, NY
Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska, Theatre: directors of Nature Theater of Oklahoma; New York, NY
Sharon Hayes, Visual Arts: artist and performer; New York, NY

Irene Borger, Director of the Alpert Award in the Arts, describes why each of the 2013 artists was chosen.

“The Film/Video panel selected anthropologist, artist, and filmmaker Lucien Castaing-Taylor, for his visceral, emotionally engaging, aesthetically rigorous, and spiritually moving work, and for his defiance of genre categorization through documenting our world with a spirit of experimentation and adventure.”

“The Theatre panel is honoring co-directors Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska for the scale of their theatrical ambition, their aesthetic innovation, and the way they systematically challenge and reinvent their artistic identity with each project. They admire the joyful play, formal rigor, and transcendence that marks Nature Theater of Oklahoma's work.”

“Artist and performer Sharon Hayes was named the winner of the Visual Arts prize for they way her collaborative processes embody the Alpert Award's dedication to engagement and generosity. Her commitment to giving voice to others, and reflections on the nature of history, and the power of public voice are provocative and timely.”

“Composer and saxophonist Alex Mincek was honored with the Music Award for creating a sound world at once original and informed, for his searching spirit combined with solid accomplishment, and, with his fresh and diverse mix of influences, creating a musical space relevant to the moment.”

Julia Rhoads, choreographer, director, performer, is being recognized by the Dance panel for the unique hybrid of theater and post-modern dance, and mesmerizing, thought-provoking, full-throttle dancing made in service of witty and engaging works that confront issues of gender, violence, class, sexuality, and issues of ownership and appropriation in the digital age.”

Over the years the distinguished Alpert Award panelists have selected a group of artists who have gone on to extraordinary careers after winning the Alpert Award including Zhou Long, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner in Music; Suzan-Lori Parks, a Pulitzer winner for Drama 2002; four MacArthur Fellows and 22Guggenheim Fellows.

2013 ALPERT AWARD PANELISTS:

DANCE PANEL
Ann Carlson*, choreographer/individual artist; Palo Alto, CA
Wendy Perron, editor-in-chief, Dance Magazine; New York, NY
David Rousseve*, artistic director, David Rousseve Reality; professor of choreography, World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California; Los Angeles, CA

FILM/VIDEO PANEL
Margarita De la Vega-Hurtado, independent film person; Houston, TX
Bill Morrison*, filmmaker; New York, NY
Astria Suparak, director and curator, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University; Pittsburgh, PA

MUSIC PANEL
Edmund Campion, composer, University of California, Berkeley; co-director, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies; Berkeley, CA
Mary Ellen Childs, composer; Minneapolis, MN
Anthony Davis, composer, University of California; San Diego, CA

THEATRE PANEL
Kim Euell, playwright and dramaturg-at-large; Iowa City, IA
Gideon Lester, director of Theatre Programs, Bard College; Co-curator, Crossing the Line Festival; New York, NY
Eric Ting, director and associate artistic director, Long Wharf Theatre; New Haven, CT

VISUAL ARTS PANEL
Paul Ha, director, MIT List Visual Arts Center; Cambridge, MA
Kay Larson, art critic and author, Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists; Accord, NY
Lawrence Rinder, director, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Berkeley, CA

*Past Alpert Award winners

“The Herb Alpert Foundation is delighted to honor these courageous, independently minded artists,” said Foundation President Rona Sebastian. “Begun in 1995, on the heels of the NEA’s cut backs of individual artists’ grants, the Alpert Award was designed to acknowledge the importance of our artists and their significant contributions to society. CalArts has been the ideal partner to carry out Herb Alpert’s vision for building a new and innovative arts award program. CalArts shares our vision of the transformative power of the arts.”

“The awards recognize that a vital culture requires artistic experimentation on the highest level,” said CalArts President Steven Lavine. “A remarkable number of awardees have achieved heightened prominence during the years following the awards and this is due to the foundation’s continued acknowledgement and support of truly significant artists. Moreover, year in and year out, CalArts students benefit when these exemplary artists come to campus for the residence that is a component of the awards.”

Herb Alpert concludes, “CalArts is a really creative place where people push the edges and come up with things that are different from what we’ve seen and heard in the past. It’s exciting to think about how winners of the Alpert Award will push CalArts students even farther.”

The Alpert Award in the Arts recipients will receive their awards at a brunch on May 10th held at the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica. For more information about the Awards, please visit:

www.alpertawards.org

www.herbalpertfoundation.org

2013 Alpert Award in the Arts press photographs:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/malob17jazpns18/cNjn2SD6UW

Lucien Castaing-Taylor's film, "Leviathan," is opening in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills on Friday, May 10th. Lucien will be doing a Q&A at the 7:30 pm screening. http://laemmle.com/films/36905
Laemmle Music Hall 3
9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310.478.3836

CalArts media requests, contact: Margaret Crane, CalArts Media Relations Manager,
caroline@c4global.com Tel: 310 899 2727

Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2013 Alpert Award winners AND a nifty new website!

Huge congratulations to Alpert Awardees - Miya Masaoka (Music, ‘04); Pat Graney (Dance, ‘08); Lisa D’Amour (Theatre, ‘08); and Myra Melford (Music, ‘12) - winners of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards!

Category:
Film/Video

Herb Alpert Award Artist Bill Morrison ('06), premiers “Re: Awakenings” at the Live Ideas Festival April 18-21, 2013 in New York City. Click here for more details.

Category:
Film/Video

Herb Alpert Award Artist ('96) Su Friedrich’s movie “Gut Renovation,” which documents the transformation and gentrification of Williamsburg, Brooklyn is featured in the New York Times.

Category:
Music

To find my expression as contribution to, and continuum in, music, I initially turned to notation and improvisation. How could I overcome the differences between them? I began by locating their common ground. Then, with the values I held–spontaneity, momentum, combustion, ignition and propulsion (the essence of swing)–I returned to fundamentals to identify how all traditions could coexist; that is, for improvisers to improvise and for interpreters to interpret the “same material.” I see Conduction® as a bridge between, and a supplement to, notation, interpretation, improvisation, and musicianship, giving greater latitude to each. My goals are, as always, to answer the questions that Conduction® raises as an expressive medium in culture, community, art and education, and to find the Primus of the Spirit in a new social logic.”

Category:
Music

Congratulations to David Dunn, Herb Alpert Award winner in Music ‘05, for receiving the 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts prize. 

Category:
Dance

The New Yorker magazine cites Herb Alpert Award Artist Susan Rethorst’s (Dance ‘10) new book, A Choreographic Mind, as one of the Best of 2012! Congratulations, Susan.

Short excerpts from A Choreographic Mind, can be found at:

http://alpertawards.org/archive/winner10/thework/dance.html

Congratulations to Alpert winners Coco Fusco (Film/Video ‘03) Jackie Goss (Film/Video ‘07), and John Kelly (Dance ‘01) who have just received USA Artists awards for 2012!

Category:
Film/Video

Announcement: Herb Alpert Award Artist Kevin Jerome Everson ('12) will be screening his film ‘Century’ at the AFI Film Festival, November 4th at 9:30pm and the 7th at 6:45pm at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

He will also be presenting a suite of his short films in the Los Angeles Filmforum at the MOCA: “Impulse to Archive” show, November 8th at 7pm.

Category:
Film/Video

Congratulations to filmmaker and Herb Alpert Award Artist, Natalia Almada, a new 2012 MacArthur Fellow!

The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Announce the 2012 winners of the Alpert Award in the Arts.

Artists with extraordinary talent win the $75,000 Alpert Award in the Arts for Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Santa Monica, May 11, 2012: The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) have awarded the 18th annual Alpert Award in the Arts to five exceptional mid-career artists. The award, a prize of $75,000, recognizes past performance and future promise to artists working in Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Herb Alpert, the legendary musician and artist who created the Herb Alpert Foundation with his wife Lani Hall and gave the first Alpert Award in the Arts in 1995, says, “All of this year’s winners represent the essence of the Alpert Award. They take aesthetic, intellectual and political risks, and challenge worn-out conventions. They’re unafraid of the unknown.”

The 2012 Winners are: Nora Chipaumire, Dance Eisa Davis, Theatre Kevin Everson, Film/Video Myra Melford, Music Michael Smith, Visual Arts.

Irene Borger, Director of the Alpert Award in the Arts, describes why each of the artists was chosen.

“The Film/Video panel selected Kevin Everson, a prolific polymath, for his relentlesscuriosity, sustained inquiry, for elevating the visual power of expressive quotidian gestures of working people, and for his aesthetic caring gaze.

Nora Chipaumire is being recognized by the Dance panel for her profound movement intelligence, steaming hot and extraordinary presence, the dialogue she creates with audiences, and her visceral struggles with critical issues of the day.

Myra Melford was honored with the Music Award for her ascending and expansive trajectory, and great, generous musical mind. They celebrate her willingness to dive into the deep end of the pool and her ability to take multiple musical traditions into another sphere.

Michael Smith was named the winner of the Visual Arts prize for subversively using the visual languages of popular and corporate culture to take on big issues, for pioneering narrative within video art practice, and for rendering the everyday as truly strange. They appreciate his having taken on the role of picaresque hero moving through the world as a Charlie Chaplin of the late 20th century.

The Theatre panel selected Eisa Davis for her profound multiple gifts as playwright, performer and musician, her portrayal of the complex richness of our American character, and her work’s relevance and epic sweep, expanding our notion of how one might live in the 21st Century.”

Over the years the distinguished Alpert Award panelists have selected a group of artists who have gone on to extraordinary careers after winning the Alpert Award including Zhou Long, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner in Music; Suzan-Lori Parks, a Pulitzer winner for Drama 2002; four MacArthur Fellows and 22 Guggenheim Fellows.

This year’s panelists include Alma Guillermoprieto, contributor to The New Yorker; Romi Crawford, Associate Professor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; David Wessel, Professor of Music and Director, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at University of California, Berkeley; Daniel Alexander Jones, Head of the Playwriting Program; Acting and Theatre History Faculty, Fordham University; and David Joselit, Carnegie Professor, History of Art, Yale University. Past panelists have included Tony Kushner, Julie Taymor, John Adams, Trisha Brown, Don Byron, Ann Hamilton, and David Henry Hwang.

“The Herb Alpert Foundation is delighted to honor these courageous, independently minded artists,” said Foundation President Rona Sebastian. “Begun in 1995, on the heels of the NEA’s cut backs of individual artists’ grants, the Alpert Award was designed to acknowledge the importance of our artists and their significant contributions to society. CalArts has been the ideal partner to carry out Herb Alpert’s vision for building a new and innovative arts award program. CalArts shares our vision of the transformative power of the arts.”

“The awards recognize that a vital culture requires artistic experimentation on the highest level,” said CalArts President Steven Lavine. “A remarkable number of awardees have achieved heightened prominence during the years following the awards and this is due to the foundation’s continued acknowledgement and support of truly significant artists. Moreover, year in and year out, CalArts students benefit when these exemplary artists come to campus for the residence that is a component of the awards.”

Herb Alpert concludes, “CalArts is a really creative place where people push the edges and come up with things that are different from what we’ve heard in the past.

It’s exciting to think about how winners of the Alpert Award will push CalArts students even farther.”

The Alpert Award in the Arts recipients will receive their awards at a brunch on May 11th held at the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica.

For more information about the Awards, please visit:

www.alpertawards.org

www.herbalpertfoundation.org

Photographs of the 2012 Alpert Award In the Arts recipients can be accessed at:

http://photo.calarts.edu/alpert

CalArts media requests, contact: Margaret Crane, CalArts Media Relations Manager, mcrane@calarts.edu Tel: 661 222 2787

Herb Alpert Foundation media requests, contact: Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications, caroline@c4global.com Tel: 310 899 2727