Seattle artist Leo Berk is the winner of the annual Betty Bowen Award, which comes with a $15,000 unrestricted cash prize and an exhibition (Nov. 7) at Seattle Art Museum, the host of the award. His sculpture “Spider Hole” was seen recently at the Frye’s innovative “Mw [Moment Magnitude]” show, and his cool-blue installation “Low Ceiling” sheds light on the 20-foot conference table at 4Culture. With “Work Song,” he turned a space in the Henry Art Gallery into a studio — built around a drum set belonging to Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse — where images, video and recordings were made. He’s also shown work at Lawrimore Project in Seattle, Edward Cella Gallery in Los Angeles and Galleri Erik Steen in Oslo. His new show, “Uncertainty of Enclosure,” (sculpture, photography and video) opens June 7, 2014, at INOVA in Milwaukee, Wis.
Special Recognition Award, $2,500, went to Jack Daws, and the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award, $2,500, went to Sol Hashemi. More than 600 artists applied for this year’s Bowen Award.