Burlington City Arts

JUNE 21, 2016

Winner Selected for 2016 Herb Lockwood Prize


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Burlington, VT: (June 21, 2016): Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce the third recipient of the Herb Lockwood Prize - the largest arts prize in Vermont. Filmmaker Nora Jacobson from Norwich, Vermont received the $10,000 prize during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon at The BCA Center. The Herb Lockwood Prize aims to reward the pinnacle of arts leadership in Vermont by honoring the state’s most influential artists. The Prize recognizes artists who produce significant work in the areas of visual arts, music, writing, drama, dance, film, and fine woodworking—while also having a beneficent influence on the Vermont community. The recipient of the 2015 Prize was fine artist and typographer Claire Van Vliet from Newark, Vermont. The 2014 recipient was actor/theater director Steve Small from Middlebury, Vermont.

Nora Jacobson was present at the press conference as well as Herb’s brother Todd Lockwood, BCA Executive Director, Doreen Kraft, and Stephen P. Kiernan, Vermont author and childhood friend of Herb Lockwood.

About Nora Jacobson

Filmmaker Nora Jacobson was born in Norwich, Vermont and spent eight years of her childhood in Paris. She graduated from Dartmouth College and earned an MFA from the school of the Chicago Art Institute. She is one of Vermont’s most prolific and gifted filmmakers.

Her films include Delivered Vacant (an eight year project about gentrification in Hoboken, NJ which the NY Times called “an urban epic”), My Mother’s Early Lovers, Nothing Like Dreaming, Tremors in the System, Sun and Moon Were Children and Lived on the Earth, and Habits and Choices: Living with HIV.

Nora’s works have won wide acclaim, including the Golden Gate Award, the Best Independent Film Award at the Ajijic Festival Internacional de Cine, the Audience Award at the Maine International Film Festival, Best of Fest at the Lake Placid Film Forum, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

A former film professor in New York, Nora returned to the Green Mountain State 21 years ago. Since then she founded Vermont Unity TV, a film contest for young filmmakers. She sits on the Community Council of Vermont PBS, and she founded the White River Film Festival.

Nora’s signature work is the 2014 film series, Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie. This history of Vermont culture was created in a collaboration of more than 50 Vermont filmmakers, with Nora at the helm. The extraordinary 6-part, 9-hour film, was 7 years in the making. Nora’s ambitious vision to tell the story of Vermont on film—from the Abenakis to the slaves to the present day—is a unique experiment in artistic collaboration.

One could say that she has taken documentary filmmaking to a higher level by producing a non-fiction epic that is varied in content and filmic style, while giving the impression of having a master puppeteer. This magnum opus has opened our eyes to aspects of Vermont's history, and perhaps its singularity, in a way that no other medium has done.

Nora’s works in progress include a biography of the Vermont poet Ruth Stone, The Hanji Box about art and adoption in Korea, and an untitled film about pond hockey and the communities that arise around it.

More about The Herb Lockwood Prize

The Herb Lockwood Prize was founded in 2014 by Burlington author and photographer Todd R. Lockwood. The Prize has no application process, and artists do not know they are being considered. Nominations are provided by an anonymous network of arts advisors, located throughout Vermont. BCA is honored to administer this prize created through the generosity of private donors.

The purpose of the Prize is fourfold: to validate the work of the recipient, to energize that artist’s future, to encourage other artists to work ambitiously, and to honor Herb Lockwood’s memory by continuing his inspirational influence.

About Herb Lockwood

Herb Lockwood was an inspirational figure in the Burlington arts and music scene in the 1980's. His impact on the region’s arts and artists has proved to be enduring and profound. The breadth of art forms he practiced, and his influence on other artists in all manner of disciplines, created a legacy that remains inspirational decades later. The Herb Lockwood Prize seeks to recognize a person of comparable creativity and influence.

A native of the Adirondacks, Herb Lockwood moved to Vermont in 1982. He gained recognition in a breathtaking variety of art forms: cartooning, painting, writing, woodworking, sculpture, storytelling and tai chi. 

Above all, Herb Lockwood was a masterful musician. Formally trained on classical guitar, his musical inclinations knew no bounds—whether adapting ancient Irish jigs to a baritone bouzouki, creating a new vocal twist on an old standard, or ripping out riffs on a jazz guitar. The trademark of his work in all cases was discipline, a fastidious attention to craft of the highest standards.

Those standards proved to be magnetic. His Burlington home became a gathering place for artists of all kinds. Young people came to him for instruction; older people declared that he had started them singing again after years of silence.

It must be said, however, that Herb Lockwood was also full of the unexpected. He was a connoisseur of the inside joke and loved whimsy. He specialized in finding comedy in darkness and in the mundane. But behind his humor and modesty lay immense talent and even greater compassion. Herb was a loving man, and his art was but one form of his love. Herb Lockwood died in a Burlington workplace accident in 1987 at age 27.

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The Herb Lockwood Prize is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating 35 years of supporting the arts, and dedicated to connecting community through creation, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, and how to get involved please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG.