Jasmine Thomas-Girvan wins 2012 Aaron Matalon Award

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Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, jeweller and sculptor, has been awarded the 2012 Aaron Matalon Award for being deemed the artist who made the most outstanding contribution to the National Biennial exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ), Jamaica’s Observer reports.

The award was granted by NGJ’s Exhibitions and Acquisitions Committee, which said that Jasmine’s two mixed media sculptures: Dreaming Backwards, a wall-based assemblage, and Occupy (Alchemy of Promise), which is freestanding; are truly indicative of recent developments in Jamaican art.

Thomas-Girvan was born 1961 in Jamaica. She attended the Parsons School of Design in New York, where she received a BFA in Jewellery and Textile Design and was awarded the Tiffany Honour Award for Excellence. She also received a Prime Minister’s Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Jamaica, and she was the recipient of a Commonwealth Foundation Arts award in 1996.

Thomas-Girvan has also earned a number of public commissions, one…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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