John Beardsley appointed as Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Prize Curator

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has named art curator writer, and scholar John Beardsley as the inaugural curator for the forthcoming Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize.

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The Washington, D.C.-based education and advocacy organization will award the Oberlander Prize every other year, beginning in 2021. The award will carry a monetary award of $100,000 and two years of public engagement activities that will raise the visibility of the honoree’s work and of landscape architecture.

As curator, Beardsley will craft the prize’s intellectual content, support the jury process, and play an integral role in developing public engagement programs.

TCLF set a goal of raising $4.5 million to endow the Oberlander Prize in perpetuity, which includes funding for the curator, jury activities, and all related programming. This month TCLF reached 80 per cent of the campaign goal with $3.6 million secured.

In a separate initiative called the 100 Women Campaign, the friends, colleagues, and admirers of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander have come together to raise more than $800,000.

As TCLF works to meet the Endowment Campaign’s final fundraising goal, the organization is also beginning to develop the prize’s public engagement programs.

These program activities are key to increasing the recognition, visibility, and legibility of landscape architecture as a global, cultural, and professional practice.

The inaugural Oberlander Prize Forum, Courageous by Design, will be held in New York City on June 18 at Highline Stages.

This one-day event will explore the leadership role that women practitioners are playing in NYC in tackling the climate crisis. Speakers include Barbara Deutsch, Beth Meyer, Signe Nielsen, Kate Orff, Martha Schwartz, Lisa Switkin, Barbara Wilks, and Annette Wilkus.

To help raise the visibility of landscape architecture and landscape architects, click here to contribute to the Oberlander Prize Endowment.

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