Honorary Southern photographer Carrie Mae Weems has received the National Artist Award for 2016.
Weems received this award from the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, which gives this award to recognize the contributions of artists who are innovators in their fields and across disciplines.
Weems joins such distinguished artists as Cindy Sherman and Frank Stella as recipients of this award.
Weems also received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013. She is known especially for making images that examine issues of sexuality, identity, and family, all issues that are deeply ingrained in Southern history and culture.
Weems is especially known for her black-and-white images and videos that imbed the individual with larger historical narratives.
Congratulations to Weems for this high honor, and well-deserved recognition!