On Monday, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Artsy announced the winner of the Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Competition, Sotheby’s Institute of Art student Nicole Bray. She will receive a fellowship to mount a Rauschenberg exhibition in New York — which, according to her proposal, will include an interactive component via social media, allowing artists worldwide to submit “artworks inspired by Rauschenberg’s aspirations to promote peace and tolerance through art.” In order to compete, Bray and her fellow 138 entrants used Artsy’s online catalogue to curate a virtual exhibition for the foundation. According to competition judge and associate San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator Sarah Roberts, this aspect is key: “The Emerging Curator Competition spotlights the necessity of artists, artists’ estates, foundations, and museums making artworks fully available online with accurate information and images,” Roberts said in a statement. “The first encounter that many people — from the public to scholars and curators — will have with a work of art will be online, and digital accessibility is essential to ensuring that an artist’s work and legacy will remain active in the cultural conversation and be found by researchers combing the web for artworks to include in articles, curricula, and exhibitions.” See Bray’s winning collection on Artsy.
— Anneliese Cooper (@DawnDavenport)
(Photo: Nicole Bray, via Artsy)