I could not be more pleased to be able to announce that our own Digital Library Specialist, David Almeida was one of ten finalists selected out of 2,100 international artists applying for the West Prize, originally launched in 2008 with the aim of discovering new artists. David is largely responsible for digitizing the library collection, training and overseeing the scanning work of interns, and for creating our virtual library displays and donor acknowledgement web pages.

David’s latest work plays on the scientific tradition of depicting plant and animal specimens by focusing his attention and camera lens not on real creatures but rather on their plastic representations which have become a ubiquitous part of our consumer society. As a finalist, David stands to receive $10,000 and his work will be added to the West Collection. Additionally, his artwork will be featured in a catalog documenting the work of all ten 2010 winners. The catalogue will be available at the time the exhibition with the same name, “10”, opens this spring at the SEI Gallery in Oaks, Pennsylvania. All of us at the Wolfsonian are extraordinarily proud of his artistic accomplishments and the recognition he has earned for his work.

~ by "The Chief" on January 21, 2010.

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