Sarah Braman Wins MFA Boston’s 2013 Maud Morgan Prize

Sarah Braman, 'Breakfast,' 2011. (Courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes and Nash)

Sarah Braman, ‘Breakfast,’ 2011. (Courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes and Nash)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has selected artist Sarah Braman as the winner of its 2013 Maud Morgan Prize, which is given every other year to a female Massachusetts artist “who has demonstrated creativity and vision, and who has made significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape.” Ms. Braman, who resides in Amherst, Mass., and is a co-founder of the Lower East Side’s Canada gallery, will receive a $10,000 prize and a one-person show at the museum.

“I am thrilled to be acknowledged by the MFA, where my passion for art was stoked as a teenager,” Ms. Braman said in a statement. “An invitation to show in the museum is an honor and one that is very personal for me. What a thrill to imagine that high school students coming to the MFA for the first time might encounter a sculpture of mine!”

Ms. Braman’s sculptures often combine translucent plexiglas boxes with found materials (hunks of campers, chairs, slabs of wood). Marked with patches of paint (often neon-colored spray) and balanced at precarious angles, they’re elegant and gritty works, like Joel Shapiro pieces that have suddenly taken an interest in light and air and the detritus of modern American life. It’s handsome, sometimes melancholy, stuff. She has had recent one-person shows at Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, and International Art Objects in Los Angeles.

Congratulations, Ms. Braman.