The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Honor the Five 2017 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts Recipients at the Herb Alpert Foundation Lunch

Photo by Francesco Da Vinci. Herb Alpert Award in the Arts winners L to R: Daniel Fish, Eve Beglarian, Amy Franceschini, Herb Alpert, Lani Hall, Kerry Tribe, luciana achugar

The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) will award the 23rd Annual Herb Alpert Award in the Arts to five exceptional mid–career artists, presented at a lunch hosted by the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica on May 19th, 2017.

The Argonaut article, “Art Without Limits,” by Christina Campodonico.

LA Times Arts & Culture article, “Why the current political moment makes the new Herb Alpert awards for experimental artists so relevant,” by Carolina A. Miranda.

The awards recognize past performance and future promise to artists working in Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts; an outstanding candidate in each genre receives a prize of $75,000.

“We are delighted to celebrate the Herb Alpert Award’s 23rd anniversary,” says Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation. “Each year the Award recognizes five visionary mid-career artists who expand their fields as well as our horizons. We believe that championing the arts, individual artists, and arts education – from early childhood through professional development – has profound social, cultural, and personal impact. This is at the core of the Foundation’s interests.”

“It’s particularly meaningful at this divisive moment to honor and support this year’s winners who are rigorous in their reach, alert to the world, and make community as much as they make art,“ says Irene Borger, Director of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. She describes why they were chosen by the 2017 panelists:


“The Dance panel was thrilled to select choreographer luciana achugar, for her exciting, anarchic artistry, her big vision, her capacity to visualize and enact pleasure and beauty in the transcendent body, unflinching willingness to look at socio-political concerns and how they impact individuals, and no less than the creation of pagan experiences and ‘new rituals.’”

luciana achugar’s Short Bio

Panelists: Olga Garay-English, Ralph Lemon, Carla Peterson


“The Film/Video panel honors artist Kerry Tribe, for her fearlessness in rethinking and readdressing social issues, her ability to make surprising and moving connections, for her demanding, pleasurable, transformative, and accessible work. They value her empathetic, generous and rare ability to immerse her audiences in new ways of seeing the world.”

Kerry Tribe’s Short Bio

Panelists: Erin Christovale, Stephen Gong, Leslie Thornton


“Composer Eve Beglarian was chosen as the winner in Music for her prolific, engaging, and surprising body of work, her deep…

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