Mike Smith, 2011 Winner
Lowe Foundation Prize
Boone’s Creek, Tennessee, 2011 © Mike Smith
Morning Star Church, Cash Hollow, Tennessee, 2004 © Mike Smith
Johnson City, Tennessee, 2010 © Mike Smith
Mosier Hollow, Tennessee, 2009 © Mike Smith
Chinquapin, Tennessee, 1999 © Mike Smith
Johnson City, Tennessee, 2003 © Mike Smith
Kingsport, Tennessee, 2003 © Mike Smith
Johnson City, Tennessee, 2005 © Mike Smith
Stoney Creek, Tennessee, 2003 © Mike Smith
Sullivan County, Tennessee, 2010 © Mike Smith
The American photographer received the $50,000 prize for his panoramic series, Seeing Rural Appalachia, A Photographic Journal. Previous winners include the visual artists Kara Walker and Catherine Opie, the illustrator Chris Ware, the designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the composer Meredith Monk, the choreographers Benjamin Millepied and Bill T. Jones, and the writer Sapphire.
The Lowe Foundation awards its prize annually to an American artist working in one of the following fields: architecture and design, traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theatre and visual arts. A jury of specialists selects the winner, who is usually already somewhat established in his or her field. Mike Smith is represented by the gallery Lee Marks Fine Art in Shelbyville, Indiana.