David Adjaye was honored with the 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The prize celebrates an individual's distinctive artistic trajectory and their potential to produce more distinguishable work in the future. In addition to the $100,000 — which represents an investment toward the recipient's future creative work — the notable prize also includes an artist residency at MIT for the spring 2016 term.
The Council for the Arts at MIT will make the official announcement on October 30. Then, Adjaye will be presented with the award during a gala held in his honor on March 29, 2016. Past recipients include Olafur Eliasson, Santiago Calatrava, Robert Lepage Gustavo Dudamel, Bill Viola, and Suzan Lori Parks, among others.
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During the short artist residency at MIT, Adjaye will publicly present his own body of work, interact with students and faculty, and partake in a gala that convenes national and international leaders in the arts. The goal of the residency is to provide the recipient with unparalleled access to the creative energy and cutting-edge research at MIT and to develop mutually enlightening relationships within the school community.
The public programs by David Adjaye will include:
- "Future of the Library," Feb. 10-11, 2016
- the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT Keynote Lecture, March 29, 2016
- "Future of the Campus," part of the 2016 centennial celebration of the MIT campus, March 30-31
- "Future of the Museum," April 27-28
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