Photo by Zan Maddox

"Ain’t Misbehavin’," by Patrick Dougherty, 2010. Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.

Sculptor Patrick Dougherty of North Carolina has been named winner of the 2011 Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize for Southern Art, the Gibbes Museum of Art has announced.

Dougherty will receive a $10,000 cash prize. The Factor Prize acknowledges "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."

Dougherty works with twigs and branches woven together and held in place by tension to create site-specific installations. He has exhibited globally, with installations in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Japan and numerous locations in the United States.

"With a terrific group of finalists, selecting a winner was incredibly challenging this year," said Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes. "We chose Patrick Dougherty because of his highly imaginative work that draws inspiration from his southern upbringing yet has universal appeal."

The Gibbes also announced that the $2,000 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award will be presented to Annie Purvis-Norman, a 7th through 12th grade art teacher from Lincoln High School in McClellanville. The award is designed "to recognize a high school visual art teacher in the tri-county area who has demonstrated superior commitment to his or her students and craft."

A third honor from the Gibbes, the third annual James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award, will be given to the Kiawah Island-based membership auxiliary group Gibbes, etc., which has presented the Gibbes with more than $1 million since 2001 to fund traveling exhibitions and art education projects in the community.