Gibbes Museum of Art Announces Short List of Finalists for $10,000 Factor Prize for Southern Art

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CHARLESTON, S.C.- The Gibbes Museum of Art announced the 2011 Short List of Finalists for the fourth annual Factor Prize. The Factor Prize, awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. The winner of the 2010 Factor Prize was mixed media artist Radcliffe Bailey of Atlanta . Artists who reside, work in, or are from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia were nominated for the Prize online at www.factorprize.org through February 28, 2011. In early March, seven panelists reviewed the hundreds of applicants and narrowed the list to six artists. The seven panelists for the 2011 Factor Prize were philanthropists Elizabeth and Mallory Factor; 2010 Factor Prize winner Radcliffe Bailey; Ch