Louisiana artist named Southern Prize winner for 2022

At the awards ceremony celebrating the 2022 State Fellows earlier this month, South Arts named Hannah Chalew of Louisiana the Southern Prize winner.

Tennessee’s Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo was named the Southern Prize finalist. In May, Brittany M. Watkins of Columbia was announced as State Fellow for South Carolina.

At the sixth annual Southern Prize and State Fellowships award ceremony held at the Bo Bartlett Center in Columbus, Georgia on Sept. 1, Chalew—a mixed media artist—was named the winner. She will receive an award of $25,000. Cornejo, a sculpture artist and Finalist, is to receive a $10,000 award. Both Southern Prize recipients also receive a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences.

They are among the nine State Fellowship recipients, each of whom received a $5,000 award, currently featured in an exhibition on display at the Bo Bartlett Center through Dec. 10 before touring to additional locations across the region in 2023.

“Congratulations to Hannah, Sarah, and all of this year’s State Fellowship recipients,” said Neil Barclay, board chair for South Arts. “This cohort of artists represents the diversity in voices, thought, technique, and style of our region, and we are honored to support their work with these awards.”

The seven other State Fellowship recipients are: