Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards and fosters connections to a network of opportunities. In the past 18 years, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 300 artists throughout its participating award cities of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
By providing artists with significant, unrestricted financial awards ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, and ongoing assistance through out their careers, Artadia establishes a strong incentive to support artistic excellence. Additionally, continued support is achieved through close collaborations with its host cities to create exhibition opportunities for artists, arrange studio visits with local as well as national curators, source residency programs, and make introductions in the field.
As one of the few organizations to operate on both a local and national level, Artadia is in a unique position to create sustainable fiscal and social change for artists. In addition to its ongoing award cycles, Artadia activates its unique network of artist services and support through national partnerships, the dynamic Art & Dialogue series, and a national award program with the New Art Dealer’s Alliance in New York and Miami. The NADA Artadia Award helps bring recognition to artists who are shown at one of the most visited national art fairs in the world.
Artadia supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards along two levels of fiscal support. Artadia Awards are determined through a uniquely influential two-tier jury process that includes a panel of internationally prominent curators and established artists. Artadia has collaborated with over 500 art world professionals in the selection of each Artadia Award recipient, introducing its participating jurors to a new city and a talented pool of local artists. Artadia’s open- application process encourages all visual artists – regardless of their commercial success or artistic medium– to apply. Artadia recognizes and rewards artists based on merit: defined as a rigorous engagement with a set of ideas embodied in materials, a depth of practice and a clearly articulated and developed voice.
The Artadia Process:
• An open call for image-based submissions goes out to artists who work in the program city and who have resided there for at least two years. Artists have four weeks to apply online.
• Artadia assembles a jury of three curators including one local expert (to provide local context). This jury reviews all applications, providing an exclusive opportunity for all applicants to receive increased exposure, and creates a short-list of five Finalists.
• Artadia assembles a second jury made up of local curators and/or artists. This group conducts studio visits with each of the five short-listed artists for 45 minutes. Visits to local collectors, galleries, and museums are also conducted, as are presentations by the curators within the local community.
• Of the selected five finalists, the jury will designate two Awardees to receive unrestricted funds of up to $10,000, as well as access to a lifetime of programs that offer critical dialogue and exposure. Artadia Awards provide the most substantial and impactful level of fiscal and creative support possible. Artadia Award winners demonstrate the principles of merit to the highest degree as defined by Artadia and as determined by the jury.
• Often and in collaboration with a local non-profit space or art fair, Artadia mounts an exhibition of the Awardees’ work and co-sponsors public programs to continue to provide sustainability within the program city. Artadia presents over 20 events annually in its Award communities – including conversations with curators and jurors, and tours of exhibition collections – that demonstrate the tremendous creativity in partner communities and facilitate exchange for and among artist populations. Artadia continues to work on behalf of its network of Awardees to promote and expose their work to its vast network of curators, dealers, collectors, and other artists, throughout the United States.