The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 Countdown: 17 Days to Go – Interview with Whitney Hintz, Hiscox Collection

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 Countdown: 17 Days to Go - Interview with Whitney Hintz, Hiscox Collection

The Aesthetica Art Prize call for entries closes in 17 days. As part of the countdown to the deadline on 31 August, we take a look at our Judging Panel for 2016. Joining a selection of influential art figures, including curators, directors and artists, is Whitney Hintz, Independent Advisor and Curator of the Hiscox Collection. Her second year as a panellist, Hintz has also supported the award as a speaker at the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 exhibition and a contributor to Future Now, the Art Prize anthology.

Hintz plays a key role in sourcing new works, advising private clients and overseeing the collection, which comprises 600 works on display across the company’s offices in the UK, Europe and USA. Last year, the company acquired 541 días, a photographic series of five portraits by Chilean artist Inés Molina Navea, who was one of the finalists in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014.

In Future Now Hintz describes Hiscox as an international specialist insurer, but also a “collector and enabler” of art. A sponsor of the Aesthetica Art Prize, the company has, since the 1970s, been building an international collection that refashions the working environment into a stimulating and engaging place. It includes works from diverse practitioners such as Frank Auerbach, Sophie Calle, Richard Hamilton, and Candida Hofer.

In addition to her work at Hiscox, Hintz is a board member of the Crossrail Arts Programme and Sculpture in the City, an annual outdoor public sculpture exhibition located within the City of London’s Square Mile. She is also a consultant for the Kenneth Armitage and Eduardo Paolozzi Foundations, and was previously Associate Director at Frith Street Gallery where she worked on projects at Venice Biennale and Tate Britain.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience. Prizes include £5,000 Main Prize courtesy of Hiscox, £1,000 Student Prize courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition in partnership with York Museums Trust, publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, editorial in Aesthetica (186,000 readership worldwide), art books courtesy of Prestel, and art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton.

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1. Inés Molina Navea, from 541 días. Courtesy of the artist.