The Wexner Prize

The Wexner Prize, first awarded in 1992, recognizes living artists working in any medium or discipline whose achievements reflect bold originality, innovation, and creative excellence. Prize recipients are highly influential, not only within their own field or discipline but across multiple artistic practices. The $50,000 prize is funded by the Wexner Center Foundation through a gift from Leslie H. Wexner, chairman of the Wexner Center Foundation and chairman and founder of Limited Brands, and his wife Abigail Wexner, also a trustee. The recipient is selected by the Wexner Center Foundation trustees, along with the center’s director and senior program staff.

Prize awardees receive an engraved commemorative sculpture designed in 1991 by artist Jim Dine. Throughout his career, Dine has produced numerous images of saws, rakes, pliers, brushes, and other hand tools. According to the artist, hammers which can be used to build as well as to break apart symbolize the creative force that drives artists. A native of Ohio, Dine served as an early member of the Wexner Center’s International Arts Advisory council.

A Distinguished Company

"For me, the most touching thing about the prize is the feeling of being accepted as a part of a group of people that I've admired and loved all along...It is a wonderful family which the Wexner Center brings together."--Gerhard Richter (1998)

Prize Recipients

Film and theater director
Peter Brook

Choreographer
Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage

Artist
Bruce Nauman

Choreographer and filmmaker
Yvonne Rainer

Filmmaker
Martin Scorsese

Painter
Gerhard Richter

Sculptor
Louise Bourgeois

Artist
Robert Rauschenberg

Architect
Renzo Piano

Choreographer
William Forsythe

Clothing Designer
Issey Miyake

Choreographer
Bill T. Jones

Filmmaker
Spike Lee

Photographer
Annie Leibovitz
 

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Reserve your tickets now for Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection, on view through Dec 31. Learn more about the exhibition.

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)