Whitney Museum of American Art director Maxwell L. Anderson announced
on March 10, 2000, the first biennial Bucksbaum Award, a $100,000
prize to be awarded every two years to an artist living and working
in the United States. It is currently the largest award designated
for an individual in the visual arts in the world.
The Bucksbaum Award has been established by The Martin Bucksbaum Family
Foundation and the Whitney Museum of American Art to honor a living
American artist whose work demonstrates a singular combination of
talent and imagination–a person who will make significant contributions
to the visual arts. Every other year, that artist will be chosen from
among the artists in the Whitney's signature show, the "Biennial Exhibition."