New York, NY—Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is pleased to announce the Artadia Awards 2011 Atlanta. For three consecutive days (October 27–29, 2011), three nationally known jurors—Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Pamela Alper Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Atlanta art critic Cinqué Hicks—conducted 45-minute studio visits with each of the 15 short-listed artists. The Finalists were chosen from almost 200 visual art applicants living and working in Greater Atlanta.
The two recipients of Artadia Awards 2011 Atlanta at the $15,000 level are: Jason Kofke and Rocío Rodriguez. The five recipients of the $3,000 awards are: Sarah Hobbs, Gyun Hur, John Q, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, and Micah Stansell. In honor of Atlanta arts patron Judith Alexander, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier has been named the Judith Alexander Artadia Awardee. (See attachment for images and descriptions of the awardees’ work.)
“Atlanta’s artist community resonates with deep talent and a commitment to enhancing our city’s quality of life,” says Kasim Reed, Mayor of the City of Atlanta. “We are proud that an important national arts organization such as Artadia recognizes the incredible artistic talent we have in Atlanta and we congratulate the recipients of the Artadia Awards 2011 Atlanta. We appreciate Artadia’s dedication to supporting our city’s artists and cultural innovators.”
Atlanta-based Artadia board member Louis Corrigan added, “I congratulate these amazing awardees who represent a great diversity of artistic practice and affirm the extraordinary talent of the larger community of visual artists working in Atlanta. I’m honored to be a member of Artadia’s board, and I’d like to thank everyone who helped make this Atlanta awards cycle possible.”
Applications for the Artadia Awards were open to visual artists in all media and at any stage of their career working and living in Greater Atlanta (23-county area). The application was available online for three months from July 15–September 15, 2011. Artadia provided ample information about the awards cycle via one in-person and two online info sessions, one of which concentrated on best studio visit practices and featured past Artadia juror Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Deputy Director for Education and Public Programs at the Seattle Art Museum. A total number of 195 applications were received in response to the open call to Atlanta artists. The three first-round jurors—Cinqué Hicks, Atlanta art critic; Patrick Amsellem, Associate Curator of Photography, Brooklyn Museum; and Diana Al-Hadid, New York- based artist—named the 15 Finalists in New York earlier this fall. This is the second cycle of Artadia Awards in Atlanta.
Final-round panelist Julie Rodrigues Widholm said of the process, “It was a pleasure for me to see Atlanta for the first time through the wide range of artists working there. I was especially impressed bythe commitment of so many Finalists who have found ways to sustain themselves as working artists. There is a burgeoning interest in contemporary art in Atlanta and Artadia is playing an important role in propelling these artists to national attention.”
Generous support for Atlanta artists with Artadia has been provided by foundations including the Judith Alexander Foundation and the LUBO Fund, and individual contributions led by Board member Louis Corrigan in addition to Robert Brawner, Paul Hagedorn, Nancy and Gene Hooff, Lauren and Tim Schrager, an anonymous donor, and New York Board member Marie Samuels.
About Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue
Artadia’s mission is to encourage innovative practice and meaningful dialogue across the United States by providing visual artists in specific communities with unrestricted awards and a national network of support. Artadia was founded as The ArtCouncil in 1997 by investment banker and art collector Christopher E. Vroom. The first awards were given in San Francisco, where Vroom was living at the time. Chicago was added as a program city in 2001. In 2003, Artadia added Houston to its roster, Boston in 2007, and Atlanta in 2009. Once Artadia commits to a community, it runs the awards program every other year and also co-sponsors public programs with local institutions. Started as an individual’s vision, Artadia’s base of support now includes private foundations, a national Board of Directors, a National Council, a Junior Council, and members who are active in supporting the core of creative culture: the individual artist. Since its founding, Artadia has distributed over $2 million in funds to more than 200 visual artists around the country.
Artadia Awards are determined through a rigorous jury process that employs nationally prominent curators, artists, and critics. Artadia partners with local foundations and individuals in the host cities to raise funds that go directly to artists in that community. Artadia matches those contributions by providing the funds that administer the program. Once an artist receives an Artadia Award, he or she becomes part of a lifetime national network of support.
In 2009, Artadia launched a New York Artist Residency program, which brings Artadia Awardees from each of its program cities to New York for a three-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn. This groundbreaking addition to Artadia’s commitment to individual artists is the first of its kind in New York City for US-based visual artists and is supported by the National Endowment for Arts, the Orentreich Family Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Other innovative programming includes our Exhibitions Exchange, which presents work by awardees from one city in another program city, and our inaugural national publication 5 Cities 41 Artists Artadia 08/09, surveying two years of Artadia Awardees.
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