OCTOBER 17, 2013


The exceptional range of artists living and working in Los Angeles was evident as three prominent panelists selected the 10 finalists for the Artadia Awards 2013 Los Angeles. Panelists Ali Subotnick, Curator of The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Chus Martinez, Chief Curator of El Museo del Barrio, New York; and Spencer Finch, Artist, New York; determined the list of finalists after over 500 applications received for the first cycle of Artadia Awards in Los Angeles.

The 10 Finalists for the Artadia Awards 2013 Los Angeles are: Zackary Drucker, Cayetano Ferrer, Kim Fisher, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Vishal Jugdeo, Stanya Kahn, Nicole Miller, Michele O’Marah, Aaron Sandnes and Kerry Tribe.

Applications for the Artadia Awards were open to visual artists in all media and at any stage of their career working and living in the Los Angeles County area. The application was available online for three months from July 1 to September 30, 2013.

Juror Ali Subotnick, said of Artadia’s Award program: “There are very few opportunities for artists in LA to receive unrestricted grants like this and in a city with such a thriving and ever-increasing community of artists the impact will be deeply felt. The application process is easy and unintimidating so it becomes an equalizer of sorts, offering any artist in the county a chance to vie for the grant and also share their work with the jurors and staff of Artadia.”

“Juries like this are a great learning opportunity to show how crucial it is to support artists, and also to review again and again their work, their ideas, their thinking. Together with an artist and a curator, the session has been a truly productive working session to learn about the scene in L.A and to discover many interesting works,” said juror Chus Martinez about the Artadia process.

Later this month Ali Subotnick will be joined by curators Joao Ribas and Magnolia de la Garza in Los Angeles for the final-jury studio visits with the 10 finalists Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12, 2013. The jury will then select five finalists to receive awards: two awards of $15,000 and three awards of $3,000. The list of five Artadia Awardees will be announced mid-November. An exhibition of the winning artists work will be on display in Los Angeles in January.