Visual Arts Student Esteban Jefferson Shortlisted For XL Catlin Art Prize

August 10, 2018

Current student Esteban Jefferson was shortlisted for the XL Catlin Art Prize. The XL Catlin Art Prize accompanies the XL Catlin traveling exhibition, which includes two-dimensional figurative artwork such as paintings, drawings, and original prints created by artists currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate art program. To be selected for the traveling exhibition, student artists were hand-picked by a jury made up of prominent members of the art world.


Jefferson made the shortlist for the XL Catlin Art Prize from a pool of forty artists in the traveling exhibition.


“The XL Catlin Art Prize in the U.S. builds on a 10-year legacy of the XL Catlin Art Prize in the U.K. which recognized young artists through a prestigious London exhibition and catalog publication," according to the gallery’s website. “The prize established a reputation as an insightful overview of emerging talent.”


Jefferson works in painting and printmaking. He has won many awards and residencies including the Studio Immersion Project (SIP) Fellowship with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and The Residency at McDonald’s. From 2016-2017, Jefferson was an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC).


In his Artist Statement with the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Jefferson said, “I grew up in New York to a white mother and black father, and my work is mostly a reflection of my worldview as it develops and the issues that shape it. Growing up in New York, the prevalent issues have been race, class, and construction, and the ways all three intersect.”


An exhibit of the finalists' artwork will be features in New York November 21-29 at the New York Academy of Art.