Artadia is pleased to announce the five Finalists for the 2017 Los Angeles Awards: Carmen Argote, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Kahlil Joseph, Gelare Khoshgozaran, and Gala Porras-Kim. The Finalists will receive studio visits with second round jurors, who will ultimately select two artists as Awardees to receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds.

The Finalists were selected by jurors Daniel Joseph Martinez, artist, Los Angeles, CA; Yesomi Umolu, Exhibitions Curator, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL; and Anuradha Vikram, Artistic Director, 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Artadia’s jurying process provided the jurors with a unique opportunity to discover artists living in Los Angeles. Umolu said of the experience: “As a curator working outside of LA, it was invaluable to learn about the depth of artistic production in the city through the Artadia jury process. I am incredibly enthused to return to LA soon and to connect with its talented pool of artists.”

Vikram reflected on how the Artadia Awards benefit LA artists and bridge connections between artists and curators: “Los Angeles is and has been an artist’s city, rather than an art market city. I am thrilled to be able to help provide the support our incredible artists need for their work, which often exists outside of approved compensation structures. Though we can only award two grants, I look forward to continuing to support the many talented artists whose work I discovered through this process.”

Martinez noted the exposure to new artists that the Artadia’s process affords its jurors: “It is always exciting to be able to look at so many artists’ work and see the intellect and rigor of current artistic practice in Los Angeles. It was a privilege to be able to participate in the juror process and to work with an organization like Artadia.”

This is Artadia’s third Award cycle in Los Angeles. Artadia received 500 applications for the Awards, which were open to all visual artists living in Los Angeles County for over two years, working in any media, and at any stage of their career. Finalists and Artadia Award recipients are selected through Artadia’s rigorous, two-tier jury review process. In the first round of review, jurors evaluated the merit of all submissions and collaboratively determined the five Finalists.

Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports artists with unrestricted, merit-based Awards followed by a lifetime of program opportunities. Artadia is unique in that it allows any artist to apply, engages nationally recognized artists and curators to review work, and culminates in direct grants. Since 1999, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 300 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

The 2017 Los Angeles Artadia Awards are made possible thanks to the generosity of Allison and Larry Berg, Artadia’s Board of Directors, Council members, and many individual donors in Los Angeles and throughout the United States.

Image, clockwise from left to right: Carmen Argote, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Gala Porras-Kim, and Kahlil Joseph.