Artadia is pleased to announce the five Finalists for the 2017 Chicago Awards: Rashayla Marie Brown, Alex Chitty, Cameron Clayborn, Faheem Majeed, and Claire Pentecost. 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 Rashid Johnson, artist; Omar Kholeif, Manilow Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and Susan Thompson, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

In her reflection on the jurying process, Thompson noted that the Finalists are a diverse group of artists with a range of professional experience: “It was highly rewarding to review the work of so many impressive candidates and also quite a challenge to select just five finalists from among the many talented applicants. In selecting the Awards Finalists, we identified artists making compelling work in a variety of modes and mediums whose practices  explore formal, material, conceptual, and/or social concerns. The Finalist list includes emerging artists whose work shows great promise and about whom we were eager to learn more, as well as more seasoned practitioners whose applications highlighted a new and intriguing direction in their practice. It was an honor to participate as a juror for the 2017 Chicago Artadia Awards, and I look forward to seeing the results of the next round of review.” Johnson also remarked on the quality of the applicants: “It was great seeing so much talent coming out of Chicago.”

This is Artadia’s eighth Award cycle in Chicago. The application was open to all visual artists living in Chicago 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.

In addition to receiving the unrestricted funds, the 2017 Chicago Artadia Awardees will have the opportunity to exhibit work at Artadia’s booth at EXPO CHICAGO in September.

The 2017 Chicago Awards are generously supported by Artadia’s Board of Directors and Council members.

Image, clockwise from top left: Rashayla Marie Brown, Credibility, Viability, Accuracy/Maya Angelou as a Sex Worker/Can’t Knock the Hustle, 2016 archival pigment print, 24 x 36 inches; Faheem Majeed, Socially Engaged Protest, 2016, vinyl and marker, 10 x 6 x 5 feet; Alex Chitty,for another who isn’t, but never ceases to be, 2016, powder coated steel, cork, c-print, xerox print, altered Fanta-can, cast white bronze, chromed steel, rope, maple, glass, cast brass, blush brushes, 65 x 50 x 5 inches; Claire Pentecost, Amor Fati, 2016; Cameron Clayborn, Untitled (Vinyl 8), 2017, glitter vinyl, steel, upholstery nails, 20 x 72 x 2 inches.