BNG Team

Ebony G. Patterson

Wins 2023 Driskell Prize

Congratulations to BNG Trustee Ebony G. Patterson, who has been awarded the 2023 David C. Driskell Prize by the High Museum in Atlanta in recognition of her contributions to the field of African American art.

Ebony, who is based between Chicago and Jamaica, has been on the board of the Bermuda National Gallery since November 2011. Her solo exhibition OUT & BAD, held at the BNG in 2012, explored gender, identity and duality through the intersection of music, dance and fashion within Jamaican dancehall culture. 

Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Perez Art Museum in Miami, the Whitney Museum in New York and the National Gallery of Jamaica. 

“Patterson’s striking work commemorates the lives and struggles of marginalized people throughout the world. In doing so, she asks viewers to consider tough questions regarding social and racial inequality globally,” said Rand Suffolk, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director of the High Museum. “We are honored to recognize her important practice and considerable contributions to African American art with the 2023 Driskell Prize.”

Top: The Shap by Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaican, b. 1981). 2012. Mixed media installation with shoes, jewelry, sounds and other objects.  Above: Goffa – from the Out & Bad series, 2012. Mixed media photo tapestry with objects. Exhibited at the Bermuda National Gallery in 2012.