Carson Center Advisory Council member Wallworth receives Crystal Award
calendar icon17 Dec 2019
Lincoln, Neb.--Lynette Wallworth, an internationally acclaimed artist and director and a founding member of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts’ Advisory Council, is one of four artists to receive the 26th annual Crystal Awards at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, in January 2020.
She joins artist Theaster Gates, choreographer Jin Xing and actor Deepika Padukone in receiving the award.
“The cultural leaders receiving the 2020 Crystal Award are bridge-builders. They connect us to each other, they help us reflect on the human condition, and they provide visions of the world that can cut through the limitations of short-term or linear thinking,” according to a press release announcing the winners.
“I am thrilled that Lynette Wallworth has received this recognition,” said Carson Center Founding Director Megan Elliott. “It’s further proof of the world-class leaders that we have assembled for our Advisory Council. Her work in creating inclusive narratives is vital for these voices to be heard. She is most deserving of this honor, and the Carson Center is proud of her work.”
Wallworth is an Australian artist whose immersive video installations, virtual reality and film works reflects on the connections between people and the natural world, as well as exploring the nature of resilience.
She won an Emmy Award for her virtual reality film Collisions, which the World Economic Forum commissioned, premiered and executive-produced. She was named one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine for immersing audiences in the destructive power of nuclear weapons.
Her 2018 mixed reality film Awavena, the story of the first woman Shaman from the Yawanawa tribe in Brazil, as well as her most recent works, have been made at the invitation of indigenous communities.
In addition to serving on the Carson Center’s Advisory Council, Wallworth is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Sundance Institute.