Ebony G. Patterson awarded Rex Nettleford Fellowship

By Holly Bynoe Monday, September 5th, 2011 Categories: Competitions, Updates

The Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies was established by the Rhodes Trust to mark the centenary of the Rhodes Scholarships in the Caribbean in 2004 and to honor the distinguished contribution of Professor the Honorable Rex Nettleford O.M. to higher education and to the cultural life of the Caribbean. The prize is awarded annually.

The terms and conditions of the Fellowship are: the awardee should be a resident of the Caribbean under the age of 35 years; all areas of scholarship in the field of Cultural Studies, including the creative and visual arts, may be pursued; the value of the award will be ₤10,000 with an associated travel grant of ₤2,000; the award holder will be expected to use the tenure of the award to either complete an existing piece of work or to develop a new project; the award holder will be expected to give a number of public lectures, which would be made more generally available on the website of the Rhodes Trust; and the Selection Panel for the Fellowship will comprise representatives of the Rhodes Trust and other distinguished persons in the intellectual and cultural life of the Caribbean. [The award is not intended to be used to assist graduate students with the completion of their thesis or graduate studies.

Ebony Patterson

This years recipient was selected from over 30 very qualified applicants with incredible proposal and she is Ebony G. Patterson , a Jamaican born mixed media artist , who also serves as an Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing at the University of Kentucky. For the duration of Patterson’s award she has proposed to do a large-scale interactive multi- media installation with embellished objects, that would mimic a neighborhood photo-studio. The work will comprise of a series of embellished outfits, made collaboratively with artist and participant, giving participants / audience an opportunity to perform as idealized masculinities. They will be documented in an elaborate installation with imagery and objects, functioning very much like props in a neighborhood photo-studio. At the end of each performance, participants will receive a photo document. The non-participant audience will be able to observe this process along with experiencing this process through embellished objects and documented images or a live projected video feed that will be projected to several locations through out the Caribbean . I am also interested in how this project could engage members of the community to begin a conversation about the understandings of masculinity through this project.

A publication of this body of work will also accompany this project as well as an exhibition. The grant will cover all costs as well as travel expenses, associated with the research proposed for this grant. This continues Patterson’s research on Gender and Masculinity within Jamaican dancehall culture. The Jamaica Observer goes into greater detail about the artist and her recent works.

Holly Bynoe
Holly Bynoe

Holly Bynoe is a curator, visual artist and writer based in the Caribbean. She is the Executive Director of ARC Magazine, and a graduate of Bard College International Center of Photography (2010) where she earned her M.F.A. in Advanced Photographic Studies. She currently holds the position of Chief Curator at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, and is co-director of the annual arts conference Tilting Axis and Caribbean Linked Residency Program.