The awards

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Phong Bui headshot over graphic text

Phong H. Bui (BFA ’85 Illustration) is an artist, writer, independent curator, publisher and artistic director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions and Rail Curatorial Projects. He is a trustee of Studio in a School, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Anthology Film Archives, the Third Rail, the Miami Rail, Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Second Shift Studio Space of Saint Paul, International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA 2007–2020), among others, and was curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1 (2007–2010). He is also a member of the Art Advisory Council of Fountain House Gallery, cofounder and co-chairman of the Monira Foundation, a nonprofit which aims to curate ongoing exhibitions and public programming at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City and beyond.

His recent projects include Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, an ongoing Rail Curatorial Project that was exhibited in 2019 as an official Collateral Event of the Venice Biennale and at Colby Museum  in Waterville, Maine. Forthcoming projects include the Detroit Rail; the L.A. Rail; the first U.S. retrospective of Jonas Mekas; and Occupy Industry City: Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, Year 3; among others.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby headshot over graphic text

Akunyili Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria, in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She was a participant in La Biennale di Venezia,  58th International Art Exhibition, May You Live In Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff (May 11–Nov. 24, 2019). Her recent solo exhibitions include Njideka Akunyili Crosby: “The Beautyful Ones,” National Portrait Gallery,  London (2018–2019) and Counterparts, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2018–2019), and Baltimore Museum of Art  (2017–2018). Akunyili Crosby is  also the recipient of an honorary doctorate of art from Swarthmore College in 2019 and a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship and was named among Financial Times’ Women of the Year in 2016.

David Ewing headshot with graphic text

David Ewing (BFA '68 Film) is a 12-time Emmy Award–winning editor and producer for a wide variety of clients, including ABC Jennings Unit, ABC Koppell Unit, CBS, CNN, Discovery, Frontline, National Geographic, NBC Dateline, PBS, TLC and many other organizations. David’s work has varied, ranging from the ABC documentary Peter Jennings: From the Killing Fields, to CableACE nominee Wildlife Adventures: Survival of the Yellowstone Wolves, to Becoming Al Gore for CNN. He also has four Peabody Awards.

In addition, David also has his own production company, DE Media, a division of Bayside Productions, where he produces, directs, writes, films and edits documentaries and news features. As if that’s not enough, he also acts, and appeared in Season 4 of Netflix’s House of Cards and in the Rob Reiner  film LBJ, which starred Woody Harrelson.

Libby Newman headshot graphic text

Libby Newman (BFA ’80 Printmaking) was founding director and curator of the Esther M. Klein Gallery at the University City Science Center in West Philadelphia for 25 years. As a representative of Artists Equity, she advocated for artists’ rights before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. Newman was also curator of exhibitions for the governor’s garden in Harrisburg during the tenure of Pennsylvania Gov. Richard Thornburgh (1979–1987). For her contribution to the arts community, she was selected to be a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.

Additionally, Newman is an active artist who produces prints, paintings, paneled screens and artists’ books. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of more than 30 museums and libraries around the world, including those of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem; the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; the Paper Museum in Tokyo; and the Philadelphia  Museum of Art.