Christina Rees Wins $50,000 Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers

by Glasstire July 17, 2017
Christina Rees

Christina Rees

Today, The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation announced that Christina Rees, Glasstire’s Editor-in-Chief, has been awarded the new Rabkin Prize for Arts Journalism. For its inaugural year, sixteen arts writers were nominated for the prize, and eight were chosen by a panel of three jurors, including New York-based artist and critic Walter Robinson, Los Angeles-based writer and editor Lisa Gabrielle Mark, and Paul Ha, director of the List Visual Arts Center at MIT.

The eight selected writers will each receive a $50,000 grant from the Rabkin Foundation. The awardees include:

Phong Bui, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn, New York
Charles Desmarais, Art Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, California
Bob Keyes, Writer for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Portland, Maine
Jason Farago, Art Critic for The New York Times, New York, New York
Jeff Huebner, arts journalist and freelance writer based in Chicago, Illinois
Carolina Miranda, Los Angeles Times staff writer, Los Angeles, California
Christina Rees, Glasstire’s Editor-in-Chief, Dallas, Texas
Chris Vitiello, Writer, curator and organizer based in Durham, North Carolina

The Rabkin Foundation says of the award:

Our program will recognize outstanding career contributions by art critics who inform the public through their writing on contemporary art and artists. This program is by nomination and it will involve the input and deliberation of panels of nationally-recognized curators, writers, artists and other thoughtful readers of contemporary art criticism. 

Established in 1999, the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation was created to share the work and legacy of artist and collector Leo Rabkin. Based in Portland, Maine, the foundation includes an exhibition space dedicated to showing Rabkin’s works.



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Thor Johnson July 17, 2017 - 14:11

Wow! Congratulations Christina!

Sean Slattery July 17, 2017 - 14:43

Kick ass, Christina and glasstire!

Barbara Koerble July 17, 2017 - 17:13

Congratulations, Christina! That’s fantastic, and well-earned recognition!

Colette Copeland July 17, 2017 - 17:27

Congratulations! So happy for you Christina!

Suzanne Weaver July 17, 2017 - 18:25

Congratulations and well-deserved, Christina! Many, many thanks for your important contributions to the artistic, cultural and creative landscape of Texas, and beyond. You are rock star!

Becky July 17, 2017 - 22:12

Congrats! Well deserved.

joel Sampson July 17, 2017 - 22:43

Very nice! Way to go.

Ryan July 18, 2017 - 08:21

Wonderful. Congrats!

Michael Odom July 18, 2017 - 09:28

Way to go, Christina! Well deserved honor!

Missy Finger July 18, 2017 - 11:13

Congrats Christina! Maybe those funky video reviews caught their attention? Enjoy the big honor. I remember when you started writing art reviews way back when, we were all just starting our careers in the art world.

maisie July 18, 2017 - 11:16


C. Millis July 18, 2017 - 13:56

I read your work and respect your observations. You don’t always stay safe. I like that. Congratulations.

Melissa Miller July 18, 2017 - 16:18

Congratulations Christina!

Kevin Vogel July 18, 2017 - 17:40

Dear Christina,
Congratulations on receiving a Radkin Prize award. I knew you had a special gift for writing in 1998 when you reviewed an exhibition of paintings on paper by Zhang Jingru, a Chinese painter who founded the Snow and Ice School we had at the gallery. It is unusual to have a writer’s prose match the quiet quality, beauty and sheer poetry of the artwork they are writing about; yours did exactly that. You have a rare gift and I am very pleased you have been recognized for your efforts.
The very best…

H. Jeffery Hodges July 18, 2017 - 18:42

Congratulations, Ms. Rees!

– Jeffery Hodges

Steven Evans July 18, 2017 - 22:10

Terrific news… congratulations Christina! It is very good to see you and Glasstire recognized for your important contributions.

Ann Stautberg July 19, 2017 - 14:57


Annette Carlozzi July 19, 2017 - 15:22

Awesome! And so very well deserved–what a bonanza, congrats!

Sharon O'Callaghan Shero July 20, 2017 - 10:58

You’re amidst some formidable talent, Christina. Congratulations…and so well deserved!

Oliver Franklin July 20, 2017 - 13:20

YoW! Bravo! Woo hoo!

m July 20, 2017 - 14:05

‘then it’s settled,


W-O-O-H-O-O ! ! !

wait, what?

no, dang.’

Cyndy Allard July 20, 2017 - 20:30

so fantastico!! are you from Texas? much congratulations for your great work…. I always enjoy hearing what you have to say, a rare thing when speaking about art::

julie speed July 21, 2017 - 11:45

Congratulations. Well deserved.

Jonatan Lopez July 21, 2017 - 21:46

Welll earned

MaryEllen Lacy July 23, 2017 - 17:17

So thrilled and excited for you! Congratulations!

Patrick Kelly July 24, 2017 - 09:37

Congratulations on this recognition and award. Well deserved.

Hills Snyder July 24, 2017 - 15:53

Christina, Congratulations to you for the award and for this collection of loving comments for an honor you totally deserve!

Norma Jean July 26, 2017 - 16:16

Wonderful.! Congrats.

Jack Livingston July 27, 2017 - 21:59

Well deserved. I read everything Ms. Rees writes, and always find it interesting and enlightening. She has made writing about art online as serious and important as in any print mag around the country.

Brad Tucker August 3, 2017 - 21:05

I’m a bit late to the party here, but what else is new?…Congratulations Christina. I always love reading what you write!


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