Spanish artist Fernando García-Dory is to be the recipient of the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, an annual international award to an artist ‘whose work has been devoted to instigating social awareness and harnessing the communicative power of art to engage communities around critical public issues’.
García-Dory is concerned with landscape, culture and social change and he has been described as a ‘neo-pastoral artist and agroecologist’. He studied Fine Arts and Rural Sociology in Madrid, and his work addresses connections and cooperation, expressed through a variety of mediums, from drawing to actions.
He will be presented the award at the fourth annual Creative Time Summit in New York, 12-13 October. Creative Time, the New York not-for-profit organisation dedicated to art in the public realm, described the artist as “a leader in the field of socially engaged art”.
García-Dory will also be presenting at the summit, which will feature over 30 contributors from around the world. These will be drawn from artists, curators and activists, including Martha Rosler, Slavoj