The Nasher is proud to announce Theaster Gates is the 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate. The Nasher Prize is the most ambitious international award in sculpture, established to honor a living artist who elevates the understanding of the field and its possibilities. Gates was selected by an international jury and is an American artist with a practice that incorporates sculpture, painting, music, performance, architecture, urban planning, and social engagement. He fuses a traditional sculptural training with materials that reify, archive, and memorialize the black American experience. Gates’ method of using architecture, music, extant archives, and human interaction as content for his work creates dynamic ecosystems wherein everything—from the objects that he creates to the orchestrated exchange of ideas within communal space—is part of his sculptural practice.