Prix Canson 2016

Please join us in congratulating artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby as the winner of the Prix Canson 2016.

The Prix Canson, one of the most prestigious annual drawing prizes in the world, partners with The Drawing Center to exhibit the works of their 2016 finalists from June 22 through July 1, 2016. Canson® and The Drawing Center are linked by their shared passion for drawing and by their ambition to promote art to wide and diverse audiences. Past Prix Canson exhibitions have been held in major museums and galleries in Paris and Barcelona. Previous winners of the Prix Canson have been: Fabien Mérelle (2010), Ronald Cornelissen (2011), Virginia Chihota (2013), and Simon Evans (2014). These winners represent the best artists today worldwide who are working with drawing. The Prix Canson president for 2016 is the world-renowned Brazilian artist Tunga. He is joined by a jury of top museum directors, curators, and collectors in the art world. During the Prix Canson exhibition at The Drawing Center, Canson® hosts a series of talks, presentations, and events with the finalists for the public and press.


ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982 - Lives and works in New York City)

Bethany Collins (b. 1984 - Lives and works in Atlanta, Chicago and New York City)

Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. 1983 - Lives and works in Los Angeles)

David Shrigley (b. 1968 – Lives and works in Glasgow)

Lucy Skaer (b. 1975 - Lives and works in Glasgow)


Tunga, Artist (Rio de Janeiro) – President of the Jury

Brett Littman, Executive Director, The Drawing Center (New York) – Vice President of the Jury

Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator, MET (New York)

Bice Curiger, Artistic Director, Vincent van Gogh Foundation Arles and

editor-in-chief, Parkett (Zürich)

Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York)

Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator, MOCA (Los Angeles)

Frédéric Paul, Curator, MNAM/ Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)

Katherine Stout, Head of Programme, ICA (London)

Michaël Woolworth, Art Printer (Paris)

Image: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Nyado: The Thing Around Her Neck, 2011. Charcoal, acrylic, colored pencil, lace, collage and transfers on paper. 7ft x 7ft. Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro, London.

Exhibition Materials

Past Programs