Mann is a three-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Guggenheim fellow, with works in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York – but she said that recognition in her home state is still important to her.
“I’m a pretty die-hard, dedicated Virginian,” she said. “It’s nice to be embraced by my own.”
She added wryly, “It matters to me that I’m still welcome here, troublemaker that I am.”
Mann, 61, will receive the statuette, a replica of Roanoke sculptor Betty Branch’s “Isabel,” at the Taubman Museum’s annual Women’s Luncheon, which starts with an 11:15 a.m. reception Nov. 12.
The award is named after philanthropist Ann Fralin, who worked to improve the Taubman’s collection in the days when it was known as the Art Museum of Western Virginia.
The museum wanted to recognize Mann’s “vision, commitment to and support of the arts, education and the quality of life in our community, and beyond,” wrote Taubman Vice President of Institutional Advancement Kim Williamson in an email.
“Sally Mann’s work has been controversial at times, but always influential,” Williamson wrote. “She is a renowned artist whose work is personal, poignant and powerful. That’s what makes her so great.
“We are thrilled to be able to recognize a regional artist who has made an impact on a national level in the arts.”