Artadia has announced that Meg Cranston is the winner of the 2013 Artadia NADA New York Award. In partnership with the New Art Dealer's Alliance, Meg Cranston will receive an unrestricted $4,000 cash award for her artwork entitled "Emerald City." The award is generously funded by NADA and Artadia.more »
Artadia supports visual artists nationwide by providing unrestricted awards and access to a network of opportunities. Artadia is active in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco, and has awarded over $3 million to more than 250 artists while providing local communities with national exposure.more »
Brooklyn Art Retailer Christopher Vroom Runs Nonprofit Providing Financial and Professional Support to Artists
Christopher Vroom believes that art is one part of the connective fabric that links communities and people.
The 48-year-old chairman and co-founder of Artspace, an online art retailer, is also the founder and president of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit, Artadia, which was founded in 1997 under a different name. The organization provides a network of social and professional support to artists.
Since 1999, Artadia has awarded more than $3 million in unrestricted grants to visual artists for the purpose of elevating careers and supporting artistic enterprise. The charity has awards programs in five U.S. cities, and Mr. Vroom hopes to expand to other cities abroad.
When an artist receives a grant from Artadia, they are introduced to a much wider audience, with the hope that the artist will receive national exposure. An artist who has been successful in Houston, for example, often doesn’t have the reach to get an exhibit in Chicago. Artadia comes in to fill that gap by providing opportunities for artists to get better exposure outside of their home communities.
Part of the service that Artadia offers to institutions is to showcase interesting artistic practices across the country. The organization also hosts some 20 events annually, including a benefit Monday night in New York, that helps link artists to gallery owners, curators and others in the profession.
Mr. Vroom founded Artadia in response to what he says was a fairly obvious problem at the time: There were very few sources of direct support to individual artists.
“I honestly found it a little peculiar that there were so many people engaged and benefiting from so many aspects of the arts ecosystem, yet there were no means to sustain and make viable that ecosystem,” he says. Artists needed to be supported in a “systematic” way, he says, and that means not only financial help, but community support, critical evaluation, public validation of work and connections to museums and galleries.
In talking with artists—Mr. Vroom formerly worked in investment banking and art was his personal passion—he says that he came to see artists as educators, mentors and leaders in civic engagement. He feels that “diversity of thinking is really important to nurture.”
“The bottom line for me is that art is really important,” says Mr. Vroom. “It enriches your life in a significant way and I would like to encourage everyone that has an interest in art to support the maker.”
- Melanie Grayce West, May 13, 2013
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Compelled to create new frames of thought from fresh forms of sight and the manner in which elements surface and re-surface through space and time, Artadia friend and Curator Melissa Bent has organized What Happens When We Start Looking presenting works by Alyssa Gorelick, Glynnis McDaris and Ali Naschke- Messing. By referencing careful observation, revisiting the familiar in a new light and an ever-present, evolving reveal, each artist works from the relevance of what remains with the lapsing of time. Reflecting heavily on the natural spun through technology and the bones of the gallery space itself a new conversation springs to life between three artists.
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Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is delighted to announce artist Margaret Lee as the recipient of the inaugural Artadia NADA award, a $4,000 unrestricted cash prize at the 2012 NADA Miami art fair. A jury comprised of two internationally renowned curators, Peter Eleey, Curator, at MoMA PS1, New York, and Beatrix Ruf, Director/Curator at Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland, determined the award winner.More
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The two recipients of the $15,000 awards are: D-L Alvarez (James D. Phelan Awardee) and Lucy Raven (Supported by the Wattis Foundation). The two recipients of the $3,000 awards are: Liam Everett (San Francisco Council Awardee) and Alicia McCarthy.
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Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is pleased to announce the launch of the Artadia Awards in the metropolitan Los Angeles area. Artadia has partnered with local foundations and private patrons of the arts who recognize the importance of unrestricted funding to visual artists at the local level. Los Angeles is the sixth city in Artadia’s national awards program.