John Westmark, a painter whose large-scale works are peopled by figures cut and shaped from paper sewing patterns to “create mythical narratives,” has been named recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize for Southern Art.

Westmark, a recent transplant to Austin, Texas, accepted the $10,000 cash prize accompanying the award tonight at the Gibbes Museum of Art’s annual Meeting Celebration.

Also honored were the 2012 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award winner, Robin Boston, an innovative art teacher at Stratford High School in Berkeley County, and the 2012 James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award recipient Harriet Smartt, second vice president on the Gibbes’ board of directors whose Museum Fellows program has accounted for more than $2.2 million in revenue.

The Factor Prize recognizes an artist whose work “demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.”

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.