PITTSBURGH - Mark di Suvero has been awarded the 11th annual Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, a $250,000 prize.
According to the Heinz Family Foundation, di Suvero was chosen "for sweeping contributions to America's cultural landscape through a daring body of sculpture and an enduring commitment to broaden public venues for the visual arts."
Teresa Heinz Kerry, chairwoman of the foundation said, "For almost 50 years, the works of Mark Di Suvero have stopped us in our tracks, confronting us with audacious colors and shapes and mesmerizing us with subtle energy and intricate proportion."
Di Suvero was in born in Shanghai, China and moved to San Francisco when he was eight. He is a self-trained welder and was a crane operator for more than 30 years. His work, mostly large-scale sculptures made from industrial materials, has appeared around the world.
An exhibition of di Suvero's work will be on view at the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York starting mid-May. For more information see: www.stormking.org.