For immediate release - February 16, 2006
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George Fifield Receives Special AICA Award
Boston, MA — George Fifield, Founder and Director of Boston Cyberarts, is the recipient of the First Annual Special Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Boston Arts Community, presented by the Boston chapter of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’art, or International Association of Art Critics (AICA). The award was presented to Fifield by Bill Arning, curator of the List Visual Arts Center at MIT, and Francine Koslow Miller, coordinator of AICA’s Boston chapter, at a ceremony held at MIT’s Stata Center on February 15.
“I am delighted and honored to receive this award,” said Fifield. “It is really a tribute to the groundbreaking work that has been done by the many talented artists in the Boston area who have embraced new media and cutting-edge technologies. I want to thank all the artists and arts institutions that have participated in the past four Boston Cyberarts Festivals, plus our many supporters and volunteers.”
The AICA awards are given in recognition of the exceptional and important work in the visual arts by artists, curators, gallerists, writers and cultural institutions. In addition to the special award given to Fifield, four of the 2005 Festival’s exhibitions were also recognized in various categories: Denise Marika: Detritus at the Howard Yezerski Gallery; Bruce Bemis: Reciprocal Illumination at the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts; A New Order at Montserrat College of Art Gallery; and CyberArt Central at Art Interactive.
AICA was founded in 1949 as a nonprofit governmental affiliate of UNESCO. The Paris-based organization comprises 4,000 members in 74 national sections around the world. AICA, whose members are distinguished critics, scholars, curators and art historians, aims to further protect the field of art criticism as a discipline and emphasize its contribution to society, and to act on behalf of the moral defense of works of art.
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The Boston Cyberarts Festival is an international biennial festival that brings together artists in all media who are using computers to advance traditional artistic disciplines and to create new interactive worlds. The 2007 Festival will take place at museums, galleries, theatres, educational institutions, and public spaces in and around Boston from April 20 to May 6, 2007, and on the Festival’s website. For further information about the Festival, call 617.524.8495 or visit bostoncyberarts.org.