Burlington City Arts

JUNE 4, 2015

2015 Herb Lockwood Prize Recipient to be Announced, Press Conference on June 16


Burlington, VT: Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce that a recipient has been selected for the 2015 Herb Lockwood Prize, the largest annual arts prize in Vermont. The Herb Lockwood Prize aims to reward the pinnacle of arts leadership by shining a light on the state’s most inspiring 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 other artists and the community. The 2015 Prize includes a cash award of $10,000.

The recipient of the 2015 Herb Lockwood Prize will be announced at a press conference at The BCA Center on Church Street, Tuesday, June 16th at 1:00pm. The winner will be present at the press conference as well as Herb’s brother Todd Lockwood, BCA Executive Director, Doreen Kraft, Stephen P. Kiernan, Vermont author and childhood friend of Herb, and the 2014 Herb Lockwood Prize winner, actor/director Steve Small of Middlebury.

More about The Herb Lockwood Prize
Modeled on preeminent national awards in various disciplines, there is no application process, and artists do not know they are being considered for the Prize. The award selection committee remains anonymous. Nominations are provided by a network of arts advisors, located throughout Vermont.

The Herb Lockwood Prize includes a minimum of $5,000 from Herb Lockwood’s family, plus additional funds donated by the public each year, making it the most generous annual arts award in the state of Vermont. $10,000 has been raised for the 2015 Prize. BCA is honored to administer this prize created through the generosity of private donors.

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.

The purpose of the Prize is 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.

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About Herb Lockwood
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.

The Herb Lockwood Prize is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating over 30 years of supporting the arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG.