2014 Sussman Award Exhibition: Cherisse Alcantara and Hansen Deng

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery presents:

The 2014 Wendy Sussman Prize in Painting Exhibition


Cherisse Alcantara and Hansen Deng

Wednesday, April 16th – Saturday, April 26th, 2014
116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Open Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 – 5 pm

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 16nd, 4 – 7 pm

This year’s annual Wendy Sussman Memorial Prize in Painting features the work of Cherisse Alcantara and Hansen Deng, selected for their outstanding achievement in painting.

Cherisse Alcantara, “Remains”, Oil on canvas, 50 X 42 inches, 2014.

Cherisse Alcantara writes, “In my paintings, I reflect on and revisit places and landscapes that I have seen or remember from found imagery. Places carry with them remnants of past events. I am interested in the way external forces continually shape the world we live in and the aftermath of such events. It is not the topography of a place that I try to reinterpret, but its psychology, mood and history in relation to my personal experience.  Atmospheric and natural elements recur in my paintings; I relate the constant changes in the atmosphere to the fleeting quality of all things in life.”

Cherisse Alcantara was born in the Philippines and moved to Northern California at age fourteen. She received her B.A. in Art Practice at UC Berkeley in 2013 and currently lives in the Bay Area.

Hansen Deng, “Untitled”, Oil paint on canvas, 183” x 183”, 2014.

Hansen Deng writes, “I paint the movement of moments that seem to linger with quiet solidity. The process of painting is of faith and patience, for brushstrokes to capture a living moment that moves with earnestness. Brushstrokes embody the singularity of being alive, the simplicity in nonsense.”

Hansen was born in China and moved to California when he was nine. He lives in Long Beach, California and hopes to pursue a career in surgery and to build on his love of painting.




The Wendy Sussman Prize in Painting, in honor of figurative painter and inspirational professor Wendy Sussman who taught at Berkeley from 1989 until her untimely death in 2001, is made possible by a generous donor.

There are two main components to The Sussman Prize:

The Wendy Sussman Prize in Painting
The Prize is awarded to two undergraduate students each year.  Students are selected in the spring.  Each student receives an honorarium of $3,000 and an exhibition in the Worth Ryder Art Gallery the following spring.

The Wendy Sussman Memorial Painting Lecture
Each spring the Prize supports a visiting painter who, in a 1 or 2-day visit, gives a public lecture and visits undergraduate painting classes, undergraduate honors studios, and MFA studios.

The 2014 Awardee is Judith Belzer, who will be presenting a public lecture in conversation with Poet Robert Haas from 7:30 – 9 pm on Monday, April 21st, 2014 in Kroeber 160.