Rising Artist Daveed Baptiste Takes Home $25,000 USD Prize from YoungArts

Awarded for his thoughtful approach to issues of identity and representation.

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YoungArts, the renowned organization dedicated to nurturing young artists, has announced Daveed Baptiste as the recipient of the esteemed Ashley Longshore Excellence in the Arts Award for 2023. Baptiste, a 2016 YoungArts Winner in Photography & Visual Arts, will be granted a $25,000 USD unrestricted prize thanks to the generous support of acclaimed artist Ashley Longshore.

The Ashley Longshore Excellence in the Arts Award aims to provide enhanced support and recognition to artists in the disciplines of Theater, Photography, and Visual Arts. The recipient is selected based on their passion, excellence, and thoughtful approach to issues of identity and representation in their work. Baptiste, a versatile artist working across fashion design, photography, and textiles, stood out for his remarkable talent and dedication to exploring these profound themes. In addition to the financial reward, Daveed Baptiste will gain access to invaluable mentorship opportunities and continuing education. These resources are expected to have a significant impact on his burgeoning artistic career, offering guidance and support as he continues to develop as an artist.

The Ashley Longshore Excellence in the Arts Award for photography is bestowed in memory of the late Alix Edmonson Martinez, a celebrated photographer. This recognition not only acknowledges Baptiste’s exceptional artistic achievements but also underscores the importance of artists supporting one another—a core value at the heart of YoungArts.

In response to the honor, Daveed Baptiste conveyed his gratitude for the recognition, stating that the award not only acknowledges his hard work but also provides a unique platform to share his story in a special way. The Ashley Longshore Excellence in the Arts Award is open to YoungArts award winners aged 25 or older who embody ambition, excellence, and a deep passion for their craft. Recipients actively contribute to advancing the arts within their community. Eligible YoungArts award winners are invited to apply for the award through YoungArts Post, the organization’s online network that facilitates artistic and career advancement opportunities.

Head to YoungArts’ website for more information.

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