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Mark Lamster, architecture critic of The News, is a single of 8 who wins the $50,000 Rabkin Prize

Mark Lamster, the architecture critic of The Dallas Early morning Information, was honored Thursday by the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation, which designated Lamster and seven other visible artwork journalists as recipients of its $50,000 prize.

This is the fifth cycle of the Rabkin Prize, which commenced in 2017. The foundation, which is centered in Portland, Me., has, throughout its five years, awarded a collective $2.275 million to particular person art writers across the state.

“It’s really wonderful that there is a foundation supporting arts writers, especially now, and I am grateful beyond measure for this amazing assist, and to be viewed as together with so lots of other amazing colleagues,” explained Lamster, the 1st receiver who writes principally about architecture.

The News’ arts and entertainment editor Christopher Wynn explained Lamster as “fearless” and claimed no matter if he’s discovering the historical past of the constructed city in longform narrative or advocating for progressive urban design, “Mark writes with clarity, intelligence and wonderful compassion.”

Lamster joined The Information in 2013. He is also a professor in the architecture college at the University of Texas at Arlington and a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Structure. His acclaimed biography of the late architect Philip Johnson, The Guy in the Glass House, was a finalist for the 2018 Nationwide E-book Critics Circle Award for Biography. The New York Situations referred to as the guide “stimulating and energetic.”

Lamster in 2016 main a panel discussion in Reasonable Park for the Dallas Competition of Thoughts. (Ashley Landis / Team Photographer)

Lamster, 51, retains degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Tufts University. A native New Yorker, he lives in Dallas with his spouse, Anna Kuchment, a science writer for The Information, and their daughter, Eliza.

“We are thrilled to see the foundation identify Mark and his amazing contributions to visual artwork journalism,” stated Keith Campbell, The News’ taking care of editor. “His expertise, reporting and crafting enrich our web site and our newspaper.”

The Rabkin prize will come on the heels of Lamster winning various other important awards:

— In the modern Nationwide Headliner Awards, one of the oldest and most prestigious media-marketplace contests, Lamster won 1st place for his columns on architecture.

— The Headliners Basis regarded Lamster’s tale “Reckoning with Joppa,” about the historic freedman’s city, with a Certification of Advantage. Judges said the piece “represents a one of a kind kind of storytelling, a blend of narrative record, journalistic investigation, and important producing.”

— In the most modern Texas Associated Push Controlling Editors awards, which figure out the get the job done of newspapers throughout the point out, Lamster won initial location in Attribute Composing and 2nd position for the Michael Brick Storytelling Award, the two for his perform on the historical past of race in Dallas. He also received initially area for Comment and Criticism.

Other individuals getting the 2021 Rabkin Prize are:

Aruna D’Souza, a writer and artwork critic based in western Massachusetts John Yau, a poet, fiction author and critic based in New York Raquel Gutiérrez, an arts critic, poet and educator primarily based in Arizona Jarrett Earnest, an artist, author and curator dwelling in New York Yinka Elujoba, a Nigerian writer and art critic dwelling in New York Jennifer Huberdeau, characteristics editor of The Berkshire Eagle in Massachusetts and Jasmine Weber, a writer, editor, and artist from Extended Island, New York, now based mostly in Brooklyn.

The award is named for the late Leo Rabkin, an artist who worked and exhibited in New York Town for 60 decades, and his wife, Dorothea, who teamed with her spouse to build “a landmark assortment of American folk and outsider artwork.”

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