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Shahpour Pouyan Wins the Ellsworth Kelly Award 2022

Author : Sara Taheran

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On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts announced Shapour Pouyan, the Iranian artist, as the winner of "Ellsworth Kelly Award" 2022. The First Art Museum in Nashville, the capital of the state of Tennessee, is going to organize a solo exhibition of this Iranian artist's works in the summer of 2024, in collaboration with Trinita Kennedy, the museum's senior curator.


About Ellsworth Kelly Award

This award was established by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2016 in memory of Ellsworth Kelly, a famous American artist. The prize is worth $45,000 and is awarded annually to lesser-known artists. In fact, the purpose of this award is to support the solo exhibitions of contemporary artists in the field of visual arts. Foundation for Contemporary Arts is a non-profit organization that was established in 1963 with the aim of supporting artists by other artists. Since its establishment, this foundation has supported artists by giving awards and grants to them, and "Ellsworth Kelly Award " is one of them.


About Shahpour Pouyan's Triptych at First Art Museum

Installation view of "We Owe This Considerable Land to the Horizon Line" | Shahpour Pouyan | Nathalie Obadia, Paris, 2017 | Image copyright: www.shahpourpouyan.com


Pouyan's solo show will be displayed in three separate sections and three galleries, each gallery consists of an artwork or a collection:

The first gallery is dedicated to a work entitled "Monday Recollections of the Muqarnas Dome", which includes 39 drawings with different painting techniques on paper.

The second gallery will present a large group of ceramic sculptures in architectural forms titled "We Owe This Considerable Land to the Horizon Line" created in 2017.

The third gallery consists of the artist's first virtual reality installation art which will be displayed for the first time at the First Art Museum.


About Shahpour Pouyan

Shahpour Pouyan is a visual artist who has held many solo and group shows. He was nominated for Jameel Prize 4 in 2016 and has received several awards and grants from art foundations such as the Kenneth Armitage Foundation and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. His visual art consists of the elements of architecture along with archeology, symbols of medieval art, and also Iranian miniature painting.



  • www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/ellsworth-kelly-award

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