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Made in L.A. 2020 Mohn Awards

Mohn Award Winners

Kandis Williams will receive the $100,000 Mohn Award honoring artistic excellence, in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2020: a version. The museum will also produce a monograph of Williams’s work as part of the Mohn Award.

Monica Majoli will receive the Career Achievement Award honoring brilliance and resilience, and MR. WASH will receive the Public Recognition Award, as chosen by visitors to the Made in L.A. 2020 exhibition at both the Hammer Museum and The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Majoli and MR. WASH will each receive $25,000.

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About the Mohn Award

Funded by Los Angeles philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn, the Mohn Award has been given to artists with each edition of the Made in L.A. biennial, which began in 2012. The Mohn Award ($100,000) and the Career Achievement Award ($25,000) are selected by a professional jury, and the Public Recognition Award ($25,000) is determined through a public vote. All the artists in the exhibition are eligible to receive the awards. 

The Jury

A jury of professional curators, including Jamillah James, senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA); Mia Locks, independent curator; and Diana Nawi, independent curator, selected the Mohn Award and the Career Achievement Award. The jury stated, “The last year has furthered our belief in artists not just as creators but also as active participants in the larger world of art, politics, and culture around them. Each of the awarded artists has an incredible individual practice as well as a vital role in caring for and cultivating their communities. Made in L.A. has long had an ethos that reflects the generosity of exchange that is possible in this city, and this selection of artists embodies the beautifully interdependent nature of cultural production in Los Angeles.”

The Public Recognition Award was determined by visitors to the Hammer Museum and The Huntington.

Past Recipients

In 2018 artist Lauren Halsey received the Mohn Award; Daniel Joseph Martinez received the Career Achievement Award, and EJ Hill received the Publc Recognition Award. Dancer Adam Linder received the Mohn Award in 2016, Alice Könitz received it in 2014, and Meleko Mokgosi received it in 2012.