StateoftheART Gallery Award Finalists 2021


Shortlisted artists vie for R40,000 prize and solo exhibition.

StateoftheART Gallery is pleased to announce the ten artists shortlisted for the 2021 StateoftheART Gallery Award.

A panel of five judges oversaw the shortlist selection process and will continue to participate in the final determination round. The finalists were chosen from more than 600 submissions from across South Africa, with the judges scoring the artists on the creativity, originality and technical skill of their entries to this year's Award theme ‘On The Brink, Visualising Climate Change’.

“I would like to thank the jury panel of Strijdom van der Merwe, Ashraf Jamal, Nadja Daehnke and Lucinda Jolly for their dedication to this thoughtful process, and to all of the artists for their participation this year. We look forward to announcing the winner at the opening ceremony of the Finalists Exhibition in October” says Jennifer Reynolds, owner of StateoftheART.

Climate crisis is the defining issue of our lifetimes and has recently come to the fore with the release of the UN's latest IPCC Assessment report earlier this month, which the Daily Maverick describe as a "code red for humanity".
“Art can convey in a different way than science the threat that climate change poses to our planet. The world’s best scientists have tried to wake-up politicians to the climate crisis, now we’re counting on artists to help.” – Bill McKibben, Founder of

The work of the shortlisted artists will go on show in a special exhibition at StateoftheART’s Cape Town gallery from 16 - 30 October 2021, and the winner announced at the Award Ceremony on 16 October 2021.

The winner will receive a R40 000 cash prize and a solo exhibition with the gallery in 2022.

Shortlisted artists:
Dominic De Villiers
Given Muronga
Janet Ormond
Kristen McClarty
Liesl Roos;
Mfundo Sizwe Ziphozonke Mngomezulu
Rozelle Greyling
Sylvester Mqeku
Theophelus Rikhotso
Tumelo Mphela.

For further details on the Award please contact