Drawing inspiration from humanity and the world around him, this year’s Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Artist Prize is as ambitious as he is witty. Upon careful consideration, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida, proudly announces Ethan Murrow as the 2017 recipient. Stretching the imagination with his photorealistic backdrops scenes and often monumental pieces, Murrow is redefining the art of drawing in a modern world.
Highlighting the work of emerging artists is at the core of MOCA Jacksonville’s artistic and educational mission. As an organization that promotes the discovery, knowledge, and advancement of the art, artists, and ideas of our time, MOCA endeavors to identify, highlight, and support the work of young, talented visual artists who promise to alter the course of contemporary art locally, regionally, and nationally.
“The Stein Prize recognizes the work of emerging artists who are changing the way we think about contemporary art,” said MOCA Director Caitlín Doherty. “By elevating and reinventing the medium of drawing, Ethan Murrow is the embodiment of what the Stein Prize represents.”