Whether they have already produced a body of significant work or whose work shows considerable promise, the recipient's work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media. The prize may be awarded to an artist who has already produced a body of significant work or whose work shows considerable promise. Eligible artists are those who reside, work or are from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.
Unlike any other award of its type, the design of the Factor Prize creates an archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians and the public. Nominations will form the basis of this searchable online archive of Southern artists commencing in early 2008.
The shortlist for the prize for 2008 are Jose Alvarez, Radcliff Bailey, William Christenberry, Henri Schindler, Philip Simmons, Stacy-Lynn Waddell and Jeff Whetstone.
On May 19, 2008, the first annual Factor Prize for Southern Art was awarded to Jeff Whetstone, a North Carolina photographer.
Gibbes Museum Announces 2008 Winner is Jeff Whetstone, http://www.gibbesmuseum.org/visit/press_releases_detail.php?id=38
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