George Lewis Named 2019 Doris Duke Artist
It was announced today that George Lewis is one of the 2019 Doris Duke Artists and that he will receive an award of $275,000 intended as an investment in and celebration of his ongoing contributions to the field of contemporary jazz.
“We could not be more excited to share the names of the 2019 Doris Duke Artists,” said Maurine Knighton, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. “They have earned this recognition through an incredibly rigorous nomination and review process conducted by a body of their peers. The work of these … artists has inspired creativity, new ideas and awe across the arts sector and beyond. With the money from this award, they will be able to invest in their own well-being in ways that create the right conditions for them to continue to flourish and do their best work.”
“I am driven by the awareness that things could be different than they are, and that through sound, artists can move people to believe that real change is possible,” said Lewis. “This award will allow me to take more time with what I do, to consider paths less traveled, and to put my work before the public in new and exciting ways.”