Pepón Osorio, a Laura H. Carnell Professor in the Tyler School of the Art, was honored with the Faculty of the Game award during Saturday’s home football game against South Florida. He is the third faculty member nominated by Interim Provost Hai Lung Dai to be honored by Temple’s Department of Athletics with the award.
Best known for his large-scale installations, Osorio merges conceptual art and community dynamics. His work emphasizes the exhibition space as an intermediary between the social architecture of communities and the mainstream art world.
A native of Puerto Rico, Osorio has worked with more than 25 communities across the United States and internationally, creating installations based on real-life experiences. His works are currently held in the Walker Arts Center, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, El Museo del Barrio, el Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico.
Osorio has been the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award, the Smithsonian Legacy Award, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, the International Association of Art Critics Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist’s Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships,the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and a Krasner Pollock Foundation Fellowship.