Award honors artists that have overcome diversity and support local community
The Community Foundation has named Larry Sanchez the 2017 G. Scott Griffin Award recipient. The award is given annually by The Foundation to a local artist, in any media, who has overcome adversity to make a contribution to the community in the execution of his or her art. Sanchez is also given a cash prize as part of the award.
Sanchez will be honored at a reception at artspace on Friday, August 11, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Sanchez is a visual artist through mediums such as paint, photography and wood sculpting. At thirteen years old, Sanchez suffered a sudden and unexplained bleed in the retina of his eye. This resulted in permanent loss of vision in his left eye and severe myopia in his right eye. Bullying of this disability lead to violence, chemical dependency and eventually dropping out of high school. After beginning work in the oil field he suffered an onsite accident that ruptured three disks in his back. Following years of therapy and completing his GED, Sanchez pursued an education in fine arts and a career as a full-time artist. He opened his studio, Altered Reflections Studio, in 2013.
“In my life, art has been a means of breaking destructive cycles and exploring ways to create new connections with myself and others,” said Sanchez.
The award is named in honor of G. Scott Griffin, who was a multi-disciplinary, multi-media artist with accomplishments in musical composition, multi-instrumental performance, photography, videography, digital enhancement of art and cinematography. Because of these achievements, few people recognized that Griffin had to overcome adversity, coping from childhood with congenital nystagmus (a visual handicap), in the performance of his art. After Griffin died of complications related to cancer in 2007, the G. Scott Griffin Award was created to keep his memory alive and to honor those artists who approach their art and life with the same passion and persistence as he.
The 2015 award winner was Aaron Cox, a classical musician and visual artist. After being diagnosed with end-stage Glaucoma, he is now legally blind, but continues to play pieces by memory on the French horn. Other past recipients include: Aaron Cox, Bertha Cooper Harris, Angelique Feaster-Evans, Poetic X, Carlos Colón, Buddy Flett and Bobby Darrow.