The McCoy Prize artist’s choice was announced Wednesday with Cayman Bracker Tenson Scott picking up the coveted award for his finely crafted Dirty Joke Necklace.
The award represents a triple win for Mr. Scott, who also won the fine craft category as well as the best in show award which were announced, along with the fine photography award winner, at the shows opening on 25 May.
Originally scheduled to be announced on Thursday, 15 June, it was delayed as only a handful of votes had been received from the 19 participating artists in the show.
The award, part of six awards given out during the McCoy Prize, is new to this year’s prize and is voted for by all artists participating.
The artist’s choice has no monetary value, just the accolade of being recognised by ones peers.
National Museum director, Anita Ebanks, said: ‘It has been hard tracking down all the votes. I guess it is just the wrong time of year. People are busy, off island. In the end we managed to get 17 votes.’
She added: ‘We will look at how we do this award more efficiently for next year.’
The McCoy Prize, now in its fifth year, was set up by the North Side’s McCoy family in 2001 with a mandate to encourage, promote and reward Caymanian artists.
Over 40 artists submitted work for this year’s show, however with the introduction of a pre-jury for the first time in the prize’s history, just 19 artist’s work was included.
Still to be announced is the people’s choice, which is being voted for by visitors to the show.
Anita Ebanks, National Museum director, said: ‘We have had a lot of votes for this award and the voting box has had to be regularly emptied.
‘Overall we have been really pleased with visitor numbers to the show. Although this year it is a little bit off the beaten track people have still made the effort.’
The artwork is on show at the National Museum’s Support Facility, Passadora Place and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm. Final votes for the people’s choice award will be collected this Saturday, when the show is open 10am to 2pm.