Meredith Monk Wins $250K Gish Prize

Composer, singer, and multidisciplinary artist Meredith Monk has been named the recipient of the 2017 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a $250,000 cash award that, according to a press release for the announcement, is granted annually to an artist who has “pushed the boundaries of an art form, contributed to social change, and paved the way for the next generation.” Previous recipients of the award, which is adjudicated by a rotating committee of “artists and cultural arbiters from different disciplines,” include Laurie Anderson, Bob Dylan, Maya Lin, Spike Lee, Chinua Achebe, Robert Redford, and Arthur Miller.

As reported in The New York Times, Meredith Monk paid tribute to the actress Lillian Gish, who created the prize through a bequest, in her acceptance statement:

“I believe, as she did, that art can be a healing force, a source of light during dark times.”

A private concert commemorating the Gish Prize will be held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 26, 2017.

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