Influenced by her experience as a classical ballerina and her study and practice of street photography, New York City-based creative Elizabeth Bick crafts images that mix postmodern performance art and choreography with documentary photography.
Now she has been recognised by the Norton Museum of Art, which has announced Bick as the winner of the Museum’s biennial $20,000 Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers. She was nominated for the Prize by Shirin Neshat and is the third artist to win.
"Elizabeth Bick is a pioneer in contemporary photography," said Tim B. Wride, the Norton’s William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography. "Her careful examination of movement through performance art and choreography allows Bick to forge a niche in the photographic medium."
"In an age when anyone feels they can be a photographer, the Rudin Prize is more important than ever to recognise artists pushing the medium’s envelope," said Norton Photography Committee Member Beth Rudin DeWoody. "We are delighted to award the Rudin Prize to Elizabeth Bick and we hope everyone will support the work of all four nominees, as we look forward to their growth and next steps as artists."
Wesley Stringer (American, born 1985), won the “People’s Choice” award, which was determined by Museum visitor votes. Stringer was nominated by Michael Kenna. The other nominees for the third Rudin Prize were: Clare Benson (American, born 1985), nominated by Arno Minkkinen, and Alexandra Hunts (Ukrainian, born 1990), nominated by Rineke Dijkstra.
Selected works from each artist in the exhibition will become part of the Norton’s permanent collection of photographs. In the meantime, discover more about Elizabeth Bick at www.erbick.com.
Via Creative Boom submission | All images courtesy of Elizabeth Bick. Main image: Elizabeth Bick Street Ballet I, 2015