Best Visual Artist (2012)

John M. Sollom

For their immediacy and passion, "Stations of the Cross," John M. Sollom's series of paintings centered on the July 2011 murder of Kelly Thomas, were the most important of the year. A persistent assault against the apathy and collective forgetfulness that ensues whenever we're confronted with acts of inhumanity, the paintings were also a charitable act of giving, raising money to help the homeless through the foundation created to honor Thomas' memory.

 

* The spelling of Mr. Sollom's name was corrected.

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