Funded through the generosity of Los Angeles philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn, The Mohn Award ($100,000) and the Career Achievement Award ($25,000) will be selected by a professional jury, and the Public Recognition Award ($25,000) will be determined through a public vote. All the artists in the exhibition are eligible to receive the awards. In 2014 Alice Könitz, creator of the Los Angeles Museum of Art, received the Mohn Award; Magdalena Suarez Frimkess and Michael Frimkess received the Career Achievement Award; and Jennifer Moon received the Public Recognition Award. In 2012 Meleko Mokgosi received the Mohn Award.
Jarl Mohn said, "The Hammer's Made in L.A. biennial has quickly become known as definitive source of recognizing brilliant new emerging artists and long time under-recognized creators of innovative art. This biennial is the early forecast system for creative genius in Los Angeles."
Jury award honoring artistic excellence
The $100,000 Mohn Award will be granted over two years to an artist from the exhibition and includes a monograph of the artist’s work. A professional jury of three curators will select the artist whose presentation of work in Made in L.A. 2016 stands out as exceptional.
Career Achievement Award
Jury award honoring brilliance and resilience
This $25,000 award will be given to one artist in the exhibition who has made a significant contribution to contemporary art throughout that artist’s career.
Public Recognition Award
Awarded by public vote
Visitors to Made in L.A. 2016 will choose the recipient of the $25,000 Public Recognition Award by voting for their favorite artist in the exhibition. Visitors vote on-site at kiosks located throughout the museum.