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.

Daniel Arsham

Ash Eroded Film Reel (2014)
Volcanic ash, shattered glass, hydrostone, unique
Courtesy of the artist
14" x 14" x 1"
Award: Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature

Straddling the line between art, architecture, and performance, New York-based artist Daniel Arsham was raised in Miami and attended the Cooper Union in New York City. In 2004, legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham asked Arsham to create the stage design for his work eyeSpace. Despite never being trained in stage design he has continued his practice in stage. His work has been displayed worldwide at renowned galleries such as PS1 in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The Athens Bienniale in Athens, Greece, and The New Museum in New York. Arsham’s most recent collaboration with world-renowned musician and producer Pharrell Williams involved the recreation in volcanic ash of Pharrell’s first keyboard.

Robert Bordo

Caw (42)
Tempera on paper
Courtesy of the artist
11 1/4" x 15 3/4" (29 x 40 cm)
Award: Best Narrative Short

Robert Bordo is the recipient of the 2014 Robert De Niro, Sr. Painting Award. He lives and works in New York City and Columbia County, New York. Since the mid-1980s, Bordo has shown his paintings internationally in numerous one-person and group exhibitions. He has had nine one-person shows in NYC, most recently at Alexander and Bonin Gallery in 2013. He has collaborated with choreographer Mark Morris in designing sets, costumes, and posters for Mark Morris Dance Company, most notably for Dido and Aeneas performed in 1989 in Brussels and in 1998 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Robert Bordo is Associate Professor of Art at The Cooper Union, New York, where he leads the painting program.


Elizabeth Colomba

Oil on Canvas, Gold Leaf Frame
Courtesy of the artist
23 3/4 " x 19 1/2"
Award: Best New Documentary Director

From Martinique descent, born and raised in Paris, Elizabeth Colomba is a representational artist living in New York City. After receiving her degree in applied arts in Paris she moved to Los Angeles to pursue painting while working on feature films. Depicting stories featuring black characters, her work raises a complex issue about what it means for people to define themselves through images and the impact it has on one’s psyche. Nicknamed the black Vermeer, she generates a space for her subjects to inhabit the re-writing of their history. In that sense, she analyses the construction of identity and tangled interrelationship between past and present in our collective identity today.

Stephen Hannock

Rockets Over the Delta (Mass MoCA #218)
Acrylic on panel
Courtesy of the artist
8 1/2 " x 6 3/4"
Award: Audience Award - Narrative

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 received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Bowdoin College.

Prune Nourry

Immersion, 2012 (From the Holy River series)
Print mounted on radiology negative viewer, Edition 2/3 + 2 AP
Courtesy of the artist
18-5/8" x 29-1/2"
Award: Best Documentary Feature

Born in 1985 in France, Prune Nourry is a multi-disciplinary New York-based artist who draws her inspiration from the issues of human definition and human selection. With a degree in wood sculpture from Ecole Boulle in Paris, Nourry explores bioethics through sculpture as well as video, photography, and performance. Her work focuses on how artificial procreation leads us towards an artificial evolution of mankind and its consequences. Nourished by in-depth research and largely influenced by anthropology, she has created a triptych focusing on gender preference, starting with Holy Daughters in India in 2009. Her latest project, Terracotta Daughters, which has travelled around the world, is the last part of the triptych.

Jean Pagliuso

Black #19, 2009
Hand-applied silver gelatin on rice paper API
Courtesy of the artist
23-3/4" x 19-1/2"
Award: Best Documentary Short

Jean Pagliuso was born in Southern California and graduated from the UCLA College of Fine Arts in 1963, beginning a lifelong career in photography. In her forty-plus-year career, she has concentrated her efforts in fashion and the film industry, photographing movie posters including a life-changing collaboration with director Robert Altman. In 1997, Pagliuso’s attention turned to places of ritual and the endangered environments of Egypt, Mali, Peru, India, Burma, and the Southwest. Her rice paper photographic prints have been exhibited by Marlborough Gallery in New York, Madrid, and Monaco.  From landscapes she returned to her roots and began The Poultry Suite, a strictly formalized portraiture of birds. A book of the same title will be published in April 2015.

Clifford Ross

Trees II
Archival Pigment Print on Wood Veneer
Courtesy of the artist
30 1/2 " x 25 1/4" (1 3/4" frame)
Award: Best New Narrative Director

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, pioneering breakthrough techniques. In 2002, Ross invented and patented the revolutionary R1 camera, which allowed him to produce some of the highest resolution, large-scale landscape photographs in the world. His work has been the subject of international museum exhibitions and can be found in numerous public collections, including MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Musée d’Art Moderne and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Recent works include his animated landscape video “Harmonium Mountain I,” featuring an original score by Philip Glass, and a 28 x 28 foot stained glass wall for the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas. A major solo exhibition of Ross' work is set to open at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., in May 2015.

Piers Secunda

Taliban Relief Painting
Industrial floor paint
Courtesy of the artist
48.2cm x 49.6cm x 1.6cm (or 48.2 x 49.6 x 1.6cm)
The bullet holes in this work were cast from a wall in Kabul, Afghanistan where the Taliban shot and killed two security guards, whilst attempting to access and bomb the premises of a private security firm.
Award: Audience Award - Documentary

Piers Secunda was born in 1976 and studied painting at Chelsea College of Art in London. Over the past eighteen years, he has been using paint as a sculptural material, free from the traditional restraints of the canvas. His studio practice often involves sculpting paint to record the marks and textures generated by geo-politics. In 2009, Secunda persuaded soldiers of the Chinese Army (PLA) firing range to shoot sheets of paint. In 2010 he followed onto Afghanistan to take molds of confirmed Taliban bullet holes from suicide bomb attack sites. Secunda’s work has been exhibited in galleries and public spaces across the world, alongside artists including Anthony Caro and Andy Warhol. He lives and works in London and New York.