Contact: Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-2788 or
Contact: Victoria Winkelman
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785

October 12, 2001


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The Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts was established by the Meadows School of the Arts in November 1978 to recognize the highest level of international achievement in the creative and performing arts.

The Award was established to signify Southern Methodist University’s deep conviction that the work of great artists sustains and nurtures the hopes and aspirations of all mankind. Recognizing that the arts are fundamental to any great society, the Meadows Award is designed to honor the artistic accomplishments of an individual and to provide a forum for the artist to share ideas and aspirations with the students of the University who will become the professional artists and patrons of the future. It symbolizes the continuity of our artistic heritage and the inspiration that one generation can provide for the next.

The prestigious award, which carries a cash prize of $50,000, is made possible by a grant from The Meadows Foundation. The Award is a permanent memorial to Algur H. Meadows, distinguished arts patron and benefactor of the Meadows School of the Arts and the Meadows Museum and Sculpture Garden at SMU. He was a man of extraordinary foresight who valued the gifts of great artists as one of the ultimate contributions to society. The Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts is a living reminder of the legacy of Mr. Meadows and a continuing expression of the vital role of the arts in human life.

In establishing this award, the Meadows School of the Arts commissioned Isamu Noguchi to create a sculpture for the Meadows Sculpture Garden that would symbolize the Meadows Award. Mr. Noguchi’s sculpture, Spirit’s Flight, carved of Japanese basalt and supported by a stainless steel column on a granite base, was installed at the entrance to the Meadows School of the Arts on August 23, 1979. Mr. Noguchi also created a limited edition of bronze miniature versions of the work for presentation to each recipient of the Meadows Award.

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