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Professor Gabriele Evertz

has received the Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting



Contact: Mark Rossier
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. (April 13, 2012) — The New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) has awarded The Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting totaling $40,000 to Gabriele Evertz and Holly Sears, both of Brooklyn, New York; each will receive $20,000.

The recipients were selected by Mr. Alkazzi from a pool of 1,500 applicants. In addition to the two winners, because of the high quality of this year’s candidates, Mr. Alkazzi also selected 10 Semi-Finalists.

“We live in a fast-moving culture that grows increasingly more abstract, away from the physical touch, away from the physical ground of being - away from the act of creation by hand,” said Alkazzi regarding the creation of the award, which was presented for the first time in 2010, when the recipients were Bruce Pearson and Mary Temple. “I want in my own way, to encourage the glorious expressions of pencil, brush, and paint, and to nurture the kind of artist and the kind of art that I like and respect.”

“NYFA is honored that Basil Alkazzi has asked us to oversee this important award, which will have a significant impact on the recipients. It is incredibly moving to see an artist so dedicated to giving back to his community, “ said NYFA Executive Director Michael L. Royce. “To be able to award $20,000 to each of these extraordinary painters is a joy and we are so grateful to Basil for making it possible.”

Ms. Evertz noted, “I received the news of this honor in a letter from Mr. Alkazzi in which he expressed the hope that I ‘will also reach out towards other gifted artists.’ Indeed, whenever possible, it has been my pleasure to curate shows around the themes of color, light, and perception and I intend to continue to present relatively unknown painters who have devoted their life's work to this particular aspect of painting. This award will also enable me to do the obvious: purchase materials to embark on a major body of work that has preoccupied me. Further, I am preparing for two solo shows this year; one in Riverhead, NY and one in Santa Fe, NM, and the funding will enable me to prepare a publication. Finally, I can now begin to realize the long-term project of documenting and archiving my own work, something every artist ought to do but is not often in the position to do. It is therefore with the greatest joy and humility that I am accepting this award. I am profoundly grateful to Mr. Alkazzi and the New York Foundation for the Arts for this honor.

“I am deeply honored and grateful to have been granted the Basil H. Alkazzi Award. What a special and generous gift from another artist!,” said Ms. Sears. “I appreciate the support, and feel very privileged to have received this recognition. This award provides a positive boost to my solitary day-to-day work in the studio, and will be such a great help in sustaining the creation of my artwork. Basil Alkazzi’s generous award to his fellow painters is an inspiration to all artists to help and support each other in our creative lives. The funds from the award will allow me the time to continue with an ongoing painting project, a personal reinvention of the Four Seasons. Thank you Basil Alkazzi! And thanks to NYFA for facilitating this award!”

The 10 Semi-Finalists are: Samira Abbassy (New York, NY); Jane Bloodgood-Abrams (Kingston, NY); Pamela Casper (New York, NY); Michael Eade (New York, NY); Elisa Jensen (Brooklyn, NY); Stephen Lack (Salem, NY); Riad Miah (New York, NY); Alain Vaes (Peekskill, NY); Marlene Wiedenbaum (Highland, NY); Randy Wray (Brooklyn, NY).

About Basil Alkazzi: The British artist, Basil Alkazzi, is a prolific and, in his own words, a “compulsive” painter. His distinguished career as an artist spans almost 50 years. Six monographs of work have been published, the most recent beingResonant Echoes – The Art of Basil Alkazziby Dennis Wepman in 2007. His work is held in the public collections of museums worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum – Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, the Santa Barbara Museum in California, The Tel-Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, The National Council in Kuwait, and Centrum Sztuki in Warsaw, Poland. In addition to being a gifted painter, Mr. Basil Alkazzi is also a generous philanthropist. In 1986, he established The Basil H. Alkazzi Foundation Awards, which are presented annually at the Royal College of Art in London. A cosmopolitan, he has travelled widely, and he has lived for long periods of time in London, Athens, and New York. He currently resides in Monaco.

About NYFA: The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Each year we provide over $1 million in cash grants to individuals and small organizations. Artspire, our fiscal sponsorship program, is the largest and most established in the country and helps over 700 artists and organizations raise and manage more than $3.5 million annually. Our NYFA Learning programs provide thousands of artists with professional development training and our website,, received over 1 million unique visitors last year and has information about nearly 10,000 opportunities and resources available to artists in all disciplines. We recently published the bookThe ProfitableArtist, which provides entrepreneurial skills to artists working in all disciplines of the literary, media, performing and visual arts.

Please e-mail Mark Rossier at for press photos of the winners and Mr. Alkazzi. Ms. Evertz’ work may be seen at and Ms. Sears’ at