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2023 Doctorow Prize Winner: Chie Fueki

Sep 29, 2023 – Jan 6, 2024

Chie Fueki, Mountain Altar, 2023, acrylic and colored pencil on mulberry paper on wood, 30 x 36 inches, Courtesy of Shoshana Wayne Gallery

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, in partnership with the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, is honored to present the winner of the 2023 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting, Chie Fueki. The prize, which began in 2011, is jointly administered by UMOCA and Suzanne Larson, who created the award to honor her mother who was a painter.

Winner of both the Joan Mitchell Fellowship (2021) and the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2022), Fueki received her MFA from Yale University in 1998. Her intricate paintings draw on both Eastern and Western traditions, and her multi-linguistic experience as a painter born in Japan, raised in São Paulo, Brazil, now residing in the Hudson River Valley.

Visually-striking and intricate, Chie Fueki’s paintings picture contemporary life in spectacular motion. Created through a complex system of painting, drawing, cutting, and collaging onto wood panels, her practice is centered around the depiction of figures, symbols, and abstract spaces using multi-layered ornamental surfaces and fields of color.

Describing her work, she says, “I’m interested in painting because it is a place where mixed language situations can happen visually…I consider myself a mixed-language painter with an interest in Eastern and Western perspectival systems, architectural graphics, pop animation, pre-Renaissance European painting, and exuberant color.” Fueki’s work embraces the visual language from her three distinct cultural influences.

About the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting

This noteworthy prize is awarded every other year to a distinguished painter whose work shows advancement in the field and practice of painting. No artist can apply for consideration, as selections come only via nominations by arts institutions, independent curators, artists, and gallerists from around the nation whose practice shows a deep investment in contemporary art and painting.

Final selection is made from a diverse panel of jurors. This year’s panel included Scotti Hill (critic, curator, and lawyer, Utah); Melissa Joseph (painter, New York); Jeff Lambson (Director and Curator of the Emmanuel Art Gallery and CU Denver Experience Gallery at the University of Colorado Denver, Colorado); Suzanne Larsen (artist and Executive Director of the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, Utah); and Charles Edward Williams (Endowed Faculty Chair and Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting at North Carolina Central University, North Carolina).

Past winners of the Doctorow Prize include Kim Schoenstadt (2011); Tala Madani (2013); Firelei Báez (2015); Anna Betbeze (2017); Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez (2019); and Genesis Jerez (2021).

Supported by the Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation