2012 Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers

September 27, 2012 - December 9, 2012

Analia Saban Wins Norton Museum of Art’s Inaugural Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers

Biennial $20,000 Rudin Prize, Established by Beth Rudin DeWoody, Recognizes Work of Emerging Artists

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (Dec. 4, 2012) – The Norton Museum of Art today announced the winner of the $20,000 Rudin Prize, a new international award for emerging photographers on the leading edge of their field, but who have not yet had a solo museum exhibition. The Museum’s Photography Committee, Executive Director Hope Alswang, and  William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography Tim B. Wride selected Los Angeles-based artist Analia Saban. Saban was nominated by John Baldesari.

“Analia Saban is leading the field in inventive, engaging new work” said. Wride. “ She provides visually elegant and philosophically potent answers to the issues of photography's materiality and meaning that have dogged the medium since its beginnings.”

“The Photography Committee is delighted to have selected such a special emerging hphotographer,” said Committee member Beth Rudin DeWoody, founder of the prize and daughter of the Rudin Prize’s namesake—the late Lewis Rudin. “While all of the finalists had something unique and captivating about their work, we felt Analia Saban best captured the spirit of the prize.”


The other nominees for the inaugural Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers were:

  • Eunice Adorno (based in Mexico City), nominated by Susan Meiselas
  • Mauro D’Agati (based in Palermo, Italy), nominated by Michael Rovner
  • Gabriela Nin Solis, (based in Mexico City), nominated by Graciela Iturbide
  • Bjørn Venø, (based in London), nominated by Yinka Shonibare

Saban’s work, along with the other nominees, can be seen at the Norton through Dec. 11, 2012.


Through gift and acquisition, the Museum will be acquiring work by all the artists, including Saban’s works Grid and Folded Horizon.


About the Winner

Saban, who is also a painter, sculptor, and installation artist, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980. She received her BFA in Visual Arts from Loyola University New Orleans in 2001, and relocated to Los Angeles where she completed her graduate studies at UCLA in 2005.  Whether working in two- or three-dimensions, she is as fascinated by her materials as she is by the final objects she creates. Effortlessly moving between and often combining sculptural forms, painting, installation, and photographic imagery, Saban explores the base materiality of her media as well as its propensity as both a carrier of and a barrier to meaning. Her work creates unique hybrids that are a combination of photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture.


Organized by Tim Wride, William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography, Norton Museum of Art
This exhibition is made possible in part through the generosity of Ms. Beth Rudin DeWoody and the Photography Committee of the Norton Museum of Art.