Artadia is pleased to announce the ten finalists for the 2015 Houston Artadia Awards. The finalists were selected by first round jurors Claudia Schmuckli, Director and Chief Curator at Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, and artist David Altmejd, following a panel review of 225 applicants in late October.

The ten finalists for the 2015 Houston Artadia Awards are:

Deborah Bay
JooYoung Choi
Lily Cox-Richard
Bill Daniel
Autumn Knight
El Franco Lee II
Angel Oloshove
Stephanie Saint Sanchez
Nestor Topchy
Charisse Weston

Of the finalists, Claudia Schmuckli said, “I am thrilled that the final selection offers an exciting crosssection of artistic practice across gender, race, age, and access to education that is truly representative of the diversity that makes Houston such a unique and special place to live and work in.”

This is Artadia’s seventh year providing unrestricted Awards to artists in Houston. Applications for the 2015 Houston Artadia Awards were open to visual artists living in Harris County, TX for over two years and working in all media and at any stage of their career. The first round of finalist selection asks two curators — one from the Award city, another from New York — and an artist to engage in discussion about the quality of the submissions received. Of the process, David Altmejd commented that, “it was a great opportunity to see so much art I don’t get to see here in New York. There were a few applications that were really visionary. ”

“As the ‘local’ juror,” Schmuckli remarked, “I was excited to see if I would make new discoveries in the process of reviewing the applications. I am happy to say that I did, and even if not all of those artists made it onto our list of finalists, I look forward to seeking them out later on.”

Schmuckli will be joined by Lanka Tattersall, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, to conduct studio visits with the finalists in late November. The 2015 Houston Artadia Awardees will receive up to $20,000 in unrestricted funds as well as access to the lifetime benefits of the Artadia Award program.

The Houston Artadia Awards and Artadia’s programs in Houston are made possible thanks to the generosity of The Brown Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance, The Houston Endowment, Artadia’s Board of Directors and Council members, and many individuals throughout the country.