2010 recipients

The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) announce the five recipients of the 2010 Alpert Award in the Arts: Rachel Harrison in the Visual Arts category; composer Lukas Ligeti in music; Susan Rethorst, choreographer, in dance; for the theatre prize, writer, performer and activist Bill Talen aka "Reverend Billy," and, in the film/video category, filmmaker Jim Trainor.

Every year, five three-member panels of noted artists and arts professionals, in Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts, each select one recipient. Alpert Award Director Irene Borger describes this year's decisions. "The Dance panel is honoring Susan Rethorst for her rich gestural vocabulary, compelling formalism, and ongoing commitment to making brave, beautiful, vulnerable work. Lukas Ligeti was chosen by the Music panel for his originality, unique voice, and unflagging exploration of new ideas."

"The Theatre panel selected Bill Talen for taking real risks and making acts of supreme beauty that matter within and beyond the world of theatre and performance. Jim Trainor, is being recognized by the Film/Video panel for his musicality, deceptive simplicity, and power of his disturbing and challenging films. The Visual Arts panel has named Rachel Harrison as an Alpert Award recipient for her challenging, surprising, and always human work, a compelling reflection of the world."

Now in its 16th year, the annual Alpert Award in the Arts provides five unrestricted $75,000 grants to artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theater and visual art.

The prize rewards creative experimenters who are challenging and transforming art, their respective disciplines, and society. The awards also provide vital financial support to each artist at a key juncture in his or her creative development.

Initiated and funded by The Herb Alpert Foundation, the awards have been administered by CalArts, which was selected by the foundation based on a shared vision of the transformative power of the arts.