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Leigh Anne Lester Wins 2011 Hunting Art Prize
Lester focuses her work on addressing the genesis of genetic modification and its aftereffects.
HOUSTON,TX.- The graphite drawing was selected from 110 finalist pieces in the 31st annual award program, which is sponsored by the global oil services company and is the most generous annual art prize in North America for painting and drawing.

The announcement came during an evening awards gala on Saturday, April 30, at the Friedkin Corporate Campus, Gulf States Toyota, in Houston.

Lester focuses her work on addressing the genesis of genetic modification and its aftereffects. Her pieces have been shown in solo exhibitions throughout Texas and across the nation, and have garnered notable reviews in a range of publications, including New York Arts Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

"I´m honored to have been selected among such a distinguished group of artists, " Lester said after the announcement. "I am also very grateful to Hunting for this recognition, and will do my best to honor the company and the Prize."

Lester is the co-founder, co-owner, and co-curator of the cactus bra SPACE, an alternative exhibition space for new artists, and is the manager of San Angel Folk Art Gallery, which houses the largest collection of folk art in the United States. Her work has been featured in a number of collections, both nationally and internationally.

She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from The University of Texas at San Antonio and completed a residency at the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyoming.



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