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Artadia Video: Building Life-Long Artist Networks

Artadia is a nonprofit grantmaker and nationwide community of visual artists, curators, and patrons. We elevate the careers of artists at pivotal moments in their practice and help strengthen their communities through a proven combination of recognition, grantmaking, community support, and advocacy. Since its founding, Artadia has awarded over $5 million in unrestricted funds to over 348 artists in 7 cities. 

Artadia was founded in 1999 by Christopher E. Vroom and a group of arts leaders in San Francisco. They recognized the erosion of public support for the arts, and were united by the belief that visual artists play a foundational role in shaping society and the arts economy, not only as storytellers but as civic leaders. After relocating to New York in 2002, Artadia now serves six major U.S. cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.

Today, Artadia annually awards unrestricted grants directly to artists through a curator-driven process. In addition to receiving grant funds, Artadia Awardees become part of the Artadia Network, which offers an innovative platform to unite artists with our devoted network of professionals ranging from curators and fellow artists to legal and financial experts. The Artadia Network provides Awardees with a forum for structured resource sharing, opportunities for new connections and access to practice based solutions.

Over two decades, Artadia has worked collaboratively to foster a more just arts economy and improve the conditions necessary for artists from all backgrounds to thrive. Together with artists’ communities and across the museum and gallery landscape, Artadia has cultivated a rare degree of expertise in creating the conditions necessary for artists from all backgrounds to thrive and succeed.

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2016 NADA New York Awardee Summer Wheat; Artadia Executive Director Carolyn Ramo; 2006 Chicago Awardee, Board Member Nick Cave; Board Member Marilyn Minter
Artadia community celebrates 2007 San Francisco Awardee Hank Willis Thomas's exhibition "An All Colored Cast" at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles.
Curator Michelle Kuo giving the Artadia community a private tour of "Artist's Choice: Amy Sillmans" at the new MoMA
Staff
Carolyn Ramo

Executive Director

Anastasia Kidd

Deputy Director

April Swanson

Program Manager

Misri Patel

Program Assistant

Katherine Plourde

Development Assistant

Board of Directors

Ian Alteveer
New York

Andisheh Avini
New York

Robert Brawner
Atlanta

Susan Bridges
Atlanta

Nick Cave
Chicago

Joelle Connolly
San Francisco

Aurele Danoff Pelaia
Los Angeles
Vice President

Laura Roberson Fisch
New York
President

Barbara Fosco
Chicago

Oliver Frankel
New York

Marjory Graue
San Francisco

John Guess, Jr.
Houston

Cecily Horton
Houston

Chrissie Iles
New York

Tony Karman
Chicago

Olivia Marciano
Los Angeles

Karen Mehiel
New York
Treasurer

Marilyn Minter
New York

Judy Nyquist
Houston

Marie Samuels
New York

Franklin Sirmans
Miami

Christopher E. Vroom
New York
Founder

Jennifer Williams
Dallas

Grant Withers
Los Angeles

Lisa Wolman
New York

Richard Ziegelasch
New York

Laurie Ziegler
Los Angeles

Margot Ziegler
New York
Secretary