Sonya Yong James

Artadia Awardee

“The jurying process this year was quite competitive and we have great admiration for all the finalists who collectively embody the layers and vibrancy of the community here in Atlanta. The two awardees represent distinct practices that demonstrate a commitment to both artistic excellence and rigorous thinking about the creative process. Sonya’s installations emphasize the deeply contemplative potential of craft, elevating humble materials to spiritual planes. Danielle’s compelling performances and videos connect personal narratives with larger issues of social justice and the lived experience of African American women.”

-Gregory Harris & Louise Shaw

Sonya Yong James lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Georgia State University where she focused on etching and sculpture. James has exhibited nationally and internationally for the past twenty years and has been the recipient of several grants, awards, and residencies. Her work is held in numerous corporate and private collections and has been exhibited in galleries and museums locally such as MOCA GA, Atlanta Contemporary, The Hudgens Center for the Arts, The Albany Museum of Art, and the Zuckerman Museum of Art. She has just completed a four year residency at the Studio Artists Program at Atlanta Contemporary and is represented by Whitespace Gallery.

Sonya Yong James is the recipient of the 2019 Atlanta Artadia Award.