Every year, world-renowned artists create awards presented to select winning filmmakers at the Tribeca Film Festival. We honor these artists' contribution with a special exhibit, free and open to the public throughout the Festival. The work is on view during the Tribeca Film festival, April 15 – 26. Location to be announced soon.

Keith Edmier

The Transit of Venus (Melanie)
Digital C-Print
Courtesy of the artist
20 inches x 16 inches
Award: Best New Narrative Director

Keith Edmier (b. 1967, Chicago, IL) is an American sculptor based in New York. His art blends pop culture and autobiographical references with site-specific geological and architectural histories. A master technician, Edmier’s sculpture ranges from marble and steel to casting techniques with tinted plastic resins, bronze, and volcanic basalt. Solo exhibitions of Edmier’s work have been presented at the Fans Hals Museum (Amsterdam) and at Hessel Museum of Art in (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY). His work has also been included in group exhibitions at Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), New Orleans Museum of Art, Kunst-Werke (Berlin), Tate Modern, Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), LACMA, and the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York. Currently, Edmier’s work can be found at the Tate Modern, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Israel Museum.

Stephen Hannock

Waking up in the Painted World
Acrylic on Film Still; Mixed media on panel
Courtesy of the artist
11 inches x 14 inches
Award: Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature

Stephen Hannock is an American Luminist painter known for his atmospheric nocturnes, which often incorporate text inscriptions that relate to family, friends, or the events of daily life. He has demonstrated a unique appreciation for contemporary storytelling through the painting medium. His inventive machine polishing of the surfaces of his paintings gives a characteristic luminous quality to his work. His design of visual effects for the 1998 film What Dreams May Come garnered him an Academy Award®. His works appear in collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. Hannock recently released The Last Ship from the River of the Northern City, his three-year collaboration with Sting using lyrics and Letterpress woodcuts.

Marc Hundley

It's You and Me Kid
Xerox Print
Courtesy of the artist
11 x 8.5 inches
Award: Best Narrative Short

Marc Hundley is a Canadian artist living and working in New York. Focused primarily on works on paper that assume the guises of various types of ephemera (band flyers, book inserts, band posters), Hundley’s practice examines the ways in which materials from popular culture, such as music, cinema and literature, retain the capacity to become deeply personal. In Hundley’s work, song lyrics, poetic stanzas, and film stills are isolated and printed on paper. These images always bare the date and location in which they were made as a means of memorializing the act of art making. Hundley is represented by Team Gallery in New York and has exhibited his work throughout Europe.

Zak Kitnick

Acrylic, ink and phosphorescent pigment on paper
Courtesy of the artist
43.50" h, 30.50" w
Award: Audience Award Narrative

Zak Kitnick (b. 1984, Los Angeles, CA) lives and works in New York. Using a repetitive series of imagery and materials recalling the mass-produced advertising and packaging of consumer goods, Kitnick’s work reflects a quasi-industrial perspective on the utilitarian articles of economy. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Mary Boone Gallery (New York), CLEARING (Brussels, Belgium), White Flag Projects (St. Louis, MO), Rowhouse Project (Baltimore, MD), Off Vendome (Düsseldorf, Germany), and Landings (Vestfossen, Norway). Recent group exhibitions include 173 E. 94th Street / Chaussée de Waterloo 550 at Middlemarch (Brussels, Belgium); To do as one would at David Zwirner (New York); Taster’s Choice at MoMA PS1 (New York); The Way You Remembered at Queens Museum (New York); and The Dogs are Barking at Artists Space (New York).

John Miller

Untitled (11/30/96)
Courtesy of the artist
11 x 14 in; 27.9 x 35.6 cm
Award: Best Documentary Short

John Miller (b. 1954, Cleveland, OH) has both utilized and undermined the rigid strategies of conceptual art since the early 1980s. His work investigates the exchange between art and the everyday – and the absorption of each into the other. In addition to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and filmmaking, Miller teaches at Barnard College and plays in the artist band The Cornichons. This year ICA Miami will present the first major American survey of his work. Miller’s solo exhibitions have been presented at Museum Ludwig (Cologne), Kunsthalle Zürich, mamco (Geneva), Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain (Grenoble); and Kunstverein in Hamburg. He has participated in major group exhibitions at New Museum (New York), CAPC musée d’Art contemporain de Bordeaux, Reina Sofia (Madrid), and MoMA PS1 (New York). His work was included in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and the 2010 Gwangju Biennale. He lives in New York and Berlin.

Virginia Overton

Courtesy of the artist and Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
28 1/8 x 22 3/8 in (71.4 x 56.8 cm)
Award: Best Documentary Feature

­­Virginia Overton was born in Tennessee. She currently lives and works in New York. Her solo exhibitions have been presented at White Cube, (London), ALL RISE (Seattle), Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Storm King Art Center (Mountainville, NY), Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, Germany), Kunsthalle Bern, Mitchell-Innes & Nash (New York), The Kitchen (New York), The Power Station (Dallas), Freymond-Guth Fine Arts Ltd. (Zürich), and Dispatch (New York). She has been included in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, SculptureCenter, and White Columns in New York; White Flag Projects and The Contemporary Art Museum in St.Louis; and Triple V and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris. Overton’s work is included in the collections at MoMA, MOCA Tucson, Kunstmuseum Bern, and Kunsthaus Zürich. She is currently working on a permanent installation for the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Ohio, and a solo exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Laura Owens

Aquatint on blue gampi paper chine collé
Courtesy of the artist
18 x 10 in (image) ; 21 x 12.75 in (paper size)
Award: Nora Ephron Prize

Laura Owens (b. 1970, Euclid, OH) lives and works in Los Angeles. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and California Institute of the Arts. Owens’ paintings first attracted attention in the late 1990s, and by 2003 she became the youngest artist to be honored with a retrospective at The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Most recently, Owens’ paintings and handmade artists’ books were exhibited at Capitain Petzel (Berlin), Secession (Vienna), and ZsONA MACO (Mexico City). This spring her work will be on display at The Wattis Institute in San Francisco.

Clifford Ross

Horizon XI
Silver-Gelatin print
Courtesy of the artist
9 3/4 x 8 1/4” (frame)
Award: Audience Award - Documentary

Clifford Ross is a multimedia artist who began his career as a painter and sculptor after graduating from Yale University in 1974. In the mid-1990s, Ross became interested in photography, and in 2002 he patented the revolutionary R1 camera, which allowed him to produce some of the most large-scale landscape photographs in the world. His work can be found at MoMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, Musée d’Art Moderne, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Past collaborations include “Harmonium Mountain I,” an animated video featuring an original score by Philip Glass, “Austin Wall,” a 28 x 28 foot stained glass wall, constructed with the architecture firm Mack Scogin Merrill Elam for the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas, and more recently an video installation with violinist Julian Rachlin at the 92nd Street Y. A major survey of Ross's work is currently on view at MASS MoCA.

Josh Tonsfeldt

Lenox Hill
Inkjet print on paper.
Courtesy the artist and Simon Preston Gallery, New York
6" x 9"
Award: Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award

Josh Tonsfeldt (b. 1979, Independence, MO) lives and works in Brooklyn. Tonsfeldt’s solo exhibitions have been presented at Rowhouse Project (Baltimore, MD), Galerie VidalCuglietta (Brussels), and Simon Preston Gallery (New York). Recent group exhibitions include Artists’ Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography at MASS MoCA; Part Picture at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto); No Games Inside the Labyrinth at Galerie Barbara Weiss (Berlin); and Mississippi at GAMeC (Bergamo).

Sara Vanderbeek

Temple of the Moon
Digital C-Print; simple black frame and white mat
Courtesy of the artist
24 x 16.75 in (image) ; 61 x 42.5 cm
Award: Best Narrative Feature

Sara VanDerBeek (b. 1976, Baltimore) graduated from Cooper Union in 1998. Her practice, which includes photography, sculpture, assemblage, and interdisciplinary works, approaches the breadth of civilization with an intimate immediacy. Whether created in her studio or in urban areas that have undergone dramatic transformation, her compositions frame the contemporary world within the continuum of history. VanDerBeek's solo exhibitions have been presented at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), The Baltimore Museum of Art, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Fondazione Memmo in Rome, and Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Her work has been included as part of group shows at The Deutsche Bank KunstHalle (Berlin), The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), The Morgan Library & Museum (New York), Saatchi Gallery (London), The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and the MoMA.