Artadia is pleased to announce the five Finalists for the 2018 Los Angeles Awards: Susu Attar, EJ Hill, Andy Robert, Analia Saban, and Clarissa Tossin. 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 Derrick Adams, artist, Brooklyn, NY; Zoe Larkins, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; and Selene Preciado, Independent Curator, Los Angeles, CA.

Artadia’s jurying process provided the jurors with a unique opportunity to discover artists living in Los Angeles. Larkins noted, “The quality of applications was remarkable, and it was difficult to select only five finalists from the hundreds of applicants we considered. To be able to learn about so many artists with whom I wasn’t previously familiar was a great privilege. I look forward to getting to know their work better.” Preciado reflected on how the Artadia Awards process helped solidify her confidence in the artist community in LA: “It was a privilege to participate as a reviewer this year, and see the quality and multifariousness of talent in Los Angeles applicants. Los Angeles is a city of art and artists, and the process of reviewing so many applications did not only confirm this, but was also very invigorating as I was able to learn about the work of many artists that I was not aware of. I look forward to keep supporting and learning about their practice in the future.”

Artadia received nearly 400 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. This is Artadia’s fourth Award cycle in Los Angeles.

Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports artists with unrestricted, meritbased 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 2018 Los Angeles Artadia Awards are generously supported by GRoW @ Annenberg, Artadia’s Board of Directors, and Los Angeles Council members.