Artadia is pleased to announce the Awardees for the 2017 New York Artadia Awards: Mika Tajima and Patricia Treib. As the 2017 New York Artadia Awardees, Tajima and Treib will receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds as well as access to the ongoing benefits of the Artadia Awards program. This is Artadia’s second year providing unrestricted Awards to artists in New York. Applications for the Awards were open to any visual artist living in New York City, for over two years working in all media, and at any stage of their career.

In the first round of jurying, Kimberly Drew, Social Media Manager, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Jonah Freeman, artist, New York, NY; and Matthew Lyons, Curator, The Kitchen, New York, NY, selected five Finalists: Dawn Kasper, Michael Portnoy, Mika Tajima, Patricia Treib, and Jessica Vaughn. Laura Raicovich, President and Executive Director, Queens Museum, New York, NY, joined Lyons for the second round of evaluations. The jurors conducted studio visits with the five Finalists to determine the Awardees. Lyons and Raicovich highlighted the distinguishing characteristics of each artist’s practice:

“Mika Tajima translates far-reaching threads of contemporary life into works that highlight our relationships to modernity. Her work reflects and even predicts our collective selves as data producers and consumers, as products of industrial and technological design, affecting and potentially controlling our emotional states.”

“Patricia Treib has developed a highly nuanced and engaging language of painting that explores perception and memory through the use of color and shape, which is very much her own. By returning to existing motifs again and again, she creates a time-based experience of painting.”

Tajima was named the 2017 UOVO Artadia Awardee: “UOVO was born out of a love for the arts and our desire to provide collectors, artists, galleries, and institutions with the level of care and services their collections deserve. We’re excited to continue our support of artists and to give back to the community through our partnership with Artadia,” said UOVO CEO Steve Novenstein.

Through a holistic approach to collections management, UOVO has developed a new paradigm for the stewardship of the art, design, fashion, and archival collections that comprise a cultural legacy. From climate-controlled storage and private viewing rooms, to transportation, packing, crating, and installation services, UOVO provides an array of storage options and innovative service and management solutions tailored to meet the specialized needs of any collection. Each UOVO facility is purpose-designed and managed by a team of industry-leading experts dedicated to ensuring that works are safeguarded with the highest caliber of security, discretion, professionalism, and care.

The 2017 New York Artadia Awards are generously supported by UOVO and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Artadia’s Board of Directors, and Council members. Special thanks to UOVO for sponsoring the UOVO Artadia Award.

Image, from left to right: Mika Tajima, installation view at Palais de Tokyo (detail), 2017, Setu chair, plastic, aluminum, light socket, Wifi enabled LED bulb, cocoon resin, custom sentiment analysis program, Twitter streaming API, dimensions variable; Patricia Treib, Ensemble, 2016, oil on canvas, 66 x 50 inches.