The artist Cannupa Hanska Luger has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Burke Prize for contemporary craft, it was announced Tuesday. The prize constitutes a cash award of $50,000.
Shannon R. Stratton, the museum’s chief curator, explained in a phone interview that the concept behind the prize is to show “what craft might be in 2018 and beyond.” The financial element, she said, comes from a desire by the museum to support early-career artists who make up “the changing face of what is perceived as craft in the United States.”
The prize was endowed by Marian Burke, a trustee of the museum, and her husband, Russell Burke, and is to be awarded annually. It is aimed at artists under the age of 46 whose primary medium is glass, fiber, clay, metal or wood.
Mr. Luger is a New Mexico-based artist who was raised on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. His work addresses environmental matters and issues of violence against indigenous populations.
Some of Mr. Luger’s work, along with work by other award finalists, is on display at the museum as part of the exhibition “The Burke Prize 2018: The Future of Craft Part 2.”