I am agog with wonder and honor for being one of 8 winners of the first Rabkin Prize in Visual Arts Journalism from the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation, which is based in Portland, Maine.

The foundation is awarding each of us $50,000–a total of $400,000 to art writers.

The other writers are: Phong Bui (Brooklyn, New York); Charles Desmarais (San Francisco, California); Bob Keyes (Portland, Maine); Jason Farago (New York, New York); Jeff Huebner (Chicago, Illinois); Carolina Miranda (Los Angeles, California); and Christina Rees (Dallas, Texas).

Publication credits from this murderer’s row of reviewers and critics include: The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Glasstire, Hyperallergic, Portland Press-Herald, Chicago Reader, Artforum, Lucky Peach, Art News, Art in America, The Guardian, and my own hometown Indy Week .

The foundation selected 16 nominees, and a jury looked at our work in order to select the 8 winners. The jurors were Lisa Gabrielle Mark, Publisher at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Paul Ha, Director of the List Visual Arts Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Walter Robinson, artist, art critic, and former editor from New York City.

I’m stunned. This is a really meaningful validation of my work, and of the work of artists, curators, and museum and gallery directors and programmers here. The honor (and the sheer amount of the check) is also a charge to write better and learn more, and to make a difference, if possible.