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Lila Reynolds Awarded the Inaugural David Yurman Young Artist Prize

Lila Reynolds
A Stunning Ceramics Piece Won the Product Design Senior the 2017 Prize and Master Class for Otis College

With a striking yet minimal ceramics piece, Lila Reynolds ('17 Product Design) has received the inaugural David Yurman Young Artist Prize for 2017. Lila will receive $20,000 in scholarship funds and will have her sculpture displayed in David Yurman boutiques in the Fall. In addition, Otis College of Art and Design will also receive a Master Class with David Yurman himself.

"I’m incredibly honored to be recognized by a distinguished and dedicated artist such as David Yurman,” Lila said. “During my tenure at Otis College, I have worked hard to develop my skills and craft. Winning this award has truly inspired me to further continue developing my techniques as an artist and designer.”

During her time in the product design program at Otis College, she interned for companies working on various projects such as furniture and accessories, as well as apparel for Patagonia. Lila engaged in a variety of graphic, craft, and art projects, including ceramics, and her body of work reflects her multidisciplinary training. 

The overarching theme of the first inaugural competition was Pure Form, inspired by David Yurman’s collection of the same name—a striking yet visually minimalist capsule of pieces that explores the sculptural, essential, pure qualities of metal. “The competition aims to support and encourage emerging young artists with an audience and platform to showcase their work,” said David Yurman in the press release.  “I want to give the students confidence to continue to study art and consider a creative career.  I learned so much from my mentors about fine tuning my artistic language, and I continue to this today to reflect on their inspiration.”

The winner was chosen by a panel of notable judges in addition to David and Sybil Yurman.  Jury members included Paul Greenhalgh, Director and Professor of Art History of the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, UK; Tara Donovan, an artist whose work is included in the collections of major institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among many others; and Hans Van de Bovenkamp, a world renowned sculptor.

In addition to Reynolds, first year student Jordan Lehman and Fine Arts senior Camille Chorin were selected as finalists to represent Otis College in the competition. 

Participating schools included Purchase College (State University of New York); Rhode Island School of Design; Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design (University of Michigan); The Cooper Union; Otis College of Art and Design; Savannah College of Art and Design® and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

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Adapted from the press release by David Yurman. Learn more about the David Yurman Young Artist Prize Competition.