Each year, an open-call application is made available in each of the six active partner cities for any artist who has lived within that city for a minimum of two years and is not currently enrolled in art school. Supporting artists equitably is a critical part of the Artadia Award process: we consider the unique populations of each community and are proud to reflect our country’s diversity with an Awardee pool that is 50 percent female and 33 percent persons of color.
Awardees also receive a dedicated webpage on Artadia’s online Artist Registry; studio visits with renowned curators and collectors; and regular dialogue with Artadia’s staff members, who offer guidance and facilitate valuable connections. The inclusion of Awardees in prominent exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial (five Awardees were featured in 2017, and six in 2019) attests to Artadia’s standing as a influencer and connector in the art community.
In 2019, Artadia and the Marciano Art Foundation partnered to establish the Marciano Artadia Award. Open to visual artists living and working in Los Angeles County, the annual Award provides an unrestricted grant in the amount of $25,000.
For the Los Angeles Awards process, jurors will select six finalists before conducting studio visits in order to choose the three annual Los Angeles Artadia awardees: two will receive grants of $10,000, and one will receive the Marciano Artadia Award of $25,000.
The NADA Artadia Award is a collaborative, unrestricted Award presented annually in partnership with the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) at their art fairs in Miami and New York. The Award recipient is chosen by a jury of two renowned curators on the opening day of the fair and announced publicly thereafter.
The selected artists receive all of the lifetime benefits of the Artadia Awards program, including access to Artadia’s national network and the option to participate in Artadia’s ongoing programs, exhibitions, and professional services. Previous NADA Artadia Awardees include Margaret Lee (2012, Miami); Meg Cranston (2013, New York); Ryan Foerster (2013, Miami); What Pipeline (2014, New York); Sergei Tcherepnin (2014, Miami); Jackie Saccoccio (2015, New York); Summer Wheat (2016, New York); Philip Smith (2016, Miami); Josh Mannis (2017, New York); Carolin Eidner (2017, Miami); Farah Al Qasimi (2018, New York); and Stéphanie Saadé (2018, Miami).
1. OPEN CALL
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. The application is free and artists have four weeks to apply online.
2. APPLICATION REVIEW
Artadia assembles a jury of three curators, including one local expert (to provide geographical context). This jury reviews all applications, providing an exclusive opportunity for all applicants to receive increased exposure, and creates a short list of five to six finalists.
3. ROUND TWO STUDIO VISITS
Artadia assembles a second jury made up of local curators and/or artists. This group conducts studio visits with each of the shortlisted artists for up to 45 minutes.
4. AWARDEES IDENTIFIED
Of the selected 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 Awardees demonstrate the principles of merit to the highest degree as defined by Artadia and as determined by the jury.
Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton
Los Angeles County
The 5 Boroughs: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens
The San Francisco Bay Area. The 5 counties include Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo