Previous Winners

2016 Winner: Padaric Kolander

Padaric Kolander, a Houston artist, won the 2016 Hunting Art Prize for his piece titled You Step In. The 42" by 64" drawing was made with graphite, charcoal, and acrylic on paper. Kolander's drawings have been described as "intense" and "thoughtful look[s] toward the future." His works explore open-ended themes of ignorance, contradiction, and cynicism, and they often include text that is purposefully juxtaposed, but typically out of context, to be freely interpreted by the viewer. Kolander has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

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2015 Winner: Kevin Peterson

Kevin Peterson is a Houston painter who won the 2015 Hunting Art Prize for his piece titled Fire. Peterson's works explore the varied journeys of life, detailing the experience of growing up and living in a world that is broken. His paintings address trauma and fear, and bring forth the loneliness and strength required to survive and thrive. Contrasting the untainted innocence of youth with a worn, ragged, and defiled world, his works encompass divergent themes of support versus restraint, bondage versus freedom, and tension versus slack, while communicating feelings of isolation, loneliness, and longing that are teamed with an optimistic sense of hope. His works have been shown around the globe, including in shows and exhibitions in Germany, California, New York, and Florida. Peterson was a finalist of the Hunting Art Prize on four separate occasions prior to winning the competition in 2015.

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2014 Winner: Winston Lee Mascarenhas

Dallas artist Winston Lee Mascarenhas won the 2014 Hunting Art Prize for his painting titled Rite of Spring.  Mascarenhas is a doctor specializing in anesthesiology, a musician, and an artist who has dedicated his life to easing pain and providing comfort, peace, and solace through his work.  His art explores the joys in life and is inspired by the rhythm, harmony, and repetition of music.  His works have been displayed at a number of locations throughout the United States and have garnered media attention from a range of notable publications, including Studio Visit Magazine, New American Paintings, Art + Culture, and Modern Luxury Dallas.  

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2013 Winner: Marshall K. Harris

Marshall K. Harris, a Fort Worth-based artist, won the 2013 Hunting Art Prize for his life-size graphite drawing titled "Round Up" B.F. Smith & Son Saddlery Circa 1940-1942. Harris, who has been published on several occasions, explores texturally beautiful elements and subjects related to history, humanity, and social dynamics by creating elaborate, life-size drawings as well as large sculptural installations and assemblies using found objects, lighting, motors, sound, and video. His works have been shown in a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas and across the nation, and have garnered statewide media coverage, including reviews in the Houston Chronicle,, and Fort Worth Weekly.

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2012 Winner: Michael Bise

Houston artist Michael Bise won the 2012 Hunting Art Prize for his graphite drawing Children. Bise's works have been shown in solo exhibitions throughout Texas and in Oregon, and have been included in a range of group exhibitions in galleries throughout the nation and internationally. Among his most recent shows is Epilogues, a solo exhibition at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts that includes large-scale, meticulous drawings of his youth. Bise's work has garnered local and national media coverage, including reviews in Art in America, the Houston Chronicle, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He has been published on a number of occasions and is a contributing writer for, an online magazine dedicated to covering visual arts in Texas.

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2011 Winner: Leigh Anne Lester

Leigh Anne Lester's Mutant Spectre won the Hunting Art Prize for 2011. 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 earned notable reviews in a range of publications, including New York Arts Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Lester is the co-founder, co-owner, and co-curator of cactus bra SPACE, an alternative exhibition space in San Antonio 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.

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2010 Winner: Lane Hagood

Houston artist Lane Hagood won the 2010 Hunting Art Prize for his painting Books I Have Possessed. Hagood is among the youngest artists to earn the Prize. A 2008 graduate of the University of Houston, he has exhibited his works at Birdhouse Gallery in Austin, which supports eclectic and emerging artists; the Joanna in Houston; and Domy Books in Houston and Austin. He was also featured in Pen To Paper, a book published in Berlin by Pictoplasma, and in March 2010 he was part of an exhibition at San Antonio’s LoneStar Studios that showcased the Houston art scene.

2009 Winner: Robyn O’Neil

Robyn O’Neil’s A death, a fall, a march: toward a better world won the 2009 Hunting Art Prize. O’Neil’s works have been shown throughout Texas, across the country, and around the world, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; ArtPace, San Antonio; Dallas Museum of Art; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris; and Hof & Huyser, Amsterdam. She also received the Artadia Grant from Artadia – The Fund for Art and Dialogue, New York; was international artist-in-residence at ArtPace in San Antonio; and was included in the prestigious 2004 Whitney Biennial.

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2008 Winner: Wendy Wagner

Houston artist Wendy Wagner won the 2008 Hunting Art Prize for her painting I Hope I’m Dreaming. Wagner’s works have been exhibited at solo shows in Houston at the New Gallery, and she has been part of group exhibitions in Houston, Austin, New York, and Monterrey, Mexico. She also taught in the Multi-Visit Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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2007 Winner: Michael Tole

Michael Tole’s Untitled (Woman) won the 2007 Hunting Art Prize. Tole’s artwork has been exhibited in galleries and shows throughout Texas, including Dallas, Austin, and Nacogdoches. Since winning the award, the Irving, Texas, artist has secured gallery showings in Manhattan and San Francisco, sold numerous pieces nationally, and been featured in Art Forum magazine.

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2006 Winner: Francesca Fuchs

Francesca Fuchs, a Houston artist whose works have been exhibited worldwide, won the 2006 Hunting Art Prize. Her artwork has been shown in over 40 solo, two-person, or group exhibitions, including at galleries in Houston, Galveston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio; New York City, Tampa, New Orleans, and Brooklyn; and Prague, Munich, London, and Edinburgh.

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