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“Curbside Haiku” Artist to Receive Brendan Gill Prize

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John Morse, the artist who delighted New Yorkers with his quirky pedestrian safety signs will receive the 24th Brendan Gill Prize for “Curbside Haiku,” at the MAS Annual Meeting.

Said MAS President Vin Cipolla, “John’s charmingly effective signs have captured the imagination of all New Yorkers, whether they travel on two feet or via another means of transportation. In devising such a witty and whimsical way to capture the attention of even the busiest New Yorkers, he may just have accomplished the impossible.”

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The Brendan Gill Prize is an annual cash prize given to the creator of a work of art made during the previous year that captures the energy and spirit of New York City. The prize is named for longtime New Yorker theater and architecture critic, champion preservationist and former MAS Chairman Brendan Gill. A man of extraordinary intelligence and wit, Gill shared his remarkable talents with New York City and with MAS until his death in 1998.

The prize was established in his honor in 1987 by friend and fellow MAS board member Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis along with board members Helen Tucker and Margot Wellington. Ms. Tucker continues to serve on the jury along with Randall Bourscheidt, Kinshasha Conwill, Gail Gregg, Paul Gunther, Tom Finkelpearl, John Haworth and Suketu Mehta.