Jamaica Plain Artist Wins Prestigious Local Prize

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The Institute of Contemporary Art has announced the winner of its prestigious, biennial prize recognizing a young, Boston artist.

WBUR's Andrea Shea reports.

This year's James and Audrey Foster Prize is worth $25,000, and gives artists the chance to exhibit their work at the ICA.

Winner Andrew Witkin created a walk-though installation of found objects for the competition.

The 31-year-old Jamaica Plain resident says for upcoming local artists, opportunities like this are rare.

WITKIN: The Decordova has the Rappaport Prize, there's the Mont Morgan Prize at the MFA, but in terms of this realm of artist, for a young artist, this is unbelievable.

Witkin's work, and pieces by the other three finalists, are currently on display at the ICA.

This program aired on January 22, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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Andrea Shea is WBUR's arts reporter.