Seward resident wins Sister Kenny prize — again

Gary “Juara” Clements’ Into the Plaza won first prize for the second year in a row.

Photo by courtesy of Gary Clements

Winning piece, exhibit on display at Abbott Northwestern through May 22

You might remember Gary “Juara” Clements from our May 2008 article about his first-place prize in the Sister Kenny International Art Show, which honors artists with disabilities.

Well, he did it again. For 2009, the second year running, Clements took the first place “Best in Show” prize for his mixed-media piece Into the Plaza, which will be on display through May 22 as part of the gallery show at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, on the second floor of Abbott Northwestern Hospital at 28th and Chicago avenues in South Minneapolis. The institute keeps a permanent gallery from its 350-piece collection of artwork by artists with disabilities. Sales of the art go to the artists themselves.

Clements, who has suffered from depression and bipolar disorder, thanked his artist colleagues “who support, encourage, push and even keep me grounded all the way to my ‘loose ends,‘” he said, adding that he “shares the honor” with everyone at Spectrum ArtWorks, a visual arts and recovery program of Spectrum Community Mental Health.

Clements said he’s got some art-show submissions and long-term projects in the works for the near future, and, as for the 2010 Sister Kenny prize, “I’ll be back for next year’s show if they’ll have me!”

last revised: May 10, 2009