DISTINGUISHED PANEL MAKES UNPRECEDENTED DECISION IN SELECTING ALL TEN FINALISTS AS AWARDEES FOR INAUGURAL NEW YORK ARTADIA AWARDS.
NEW YORK, NY – Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is pleased to announce the 2015 New York Artadia Awardees. Park McArthur and Georgia Sagri will each receive $10,000 unrestricted funds. Yevgeniya Baras, Joe Fyfe, Donna Huanca, Bill Jenkins, Jennie Jieun Lee, Eric Mack, Sara Magenheimer and Kameelah Rasheed will each be awarded $5,000 in unrestricted funds. All ten artists will receive the lifetime benefits of the Artadia Award program including access to our New York Residency, Awardee exhibitions, connections with curators, and participation in Artadia projects at art fairs across the country.
Second-round jurors Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator of White Columns, John Rasmussen, Executive Director of Midway Contemporary Art, and Ingrid Schaffner, Curator, Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, conducted studio visits with the previously chosen ten finalists for two consecutive days in May. The jurors felt that the ten finalists selected from the largest applicant pool ever were remarkable, stating that, “it became clear by the second day that the group of New York-based artists were all extraordinarily strong.” Higgs, Rasmussen and Schaffner noted that the Awardees “are a nucleus of what is dynamic about contemporary art and speak to something beyond the commercial marketplace.” Each of the jurors were impressed by the complexity of the Awardees’ practices, and “in the case of Park and Georgia, their work has expanded a vocabulary that [they], as curators, work with every day.”
Applications for the New York Artadia Awards were open to visual artists living in New York’s five boroughs for over two years and working in all media, and at any stage of their career. In the first round, three jurors — Matthew Higgs joined by Amanda Hunt, Curator at The Studio Museum and artist Michele Abeles — selected ten finalists from a pool of 1050 applicants. Higgs served on both the first and second rounds of the Artadia jury to lend continuity and context to the review process.
Artadia founder Chris Vroom said of the inaugural New York Awards, “We are thrilled to bring Artadia’s national network of direct support for artists to New York, our seventh program city. Artists here and around the country are forging what will become our cultural legacy and we are proud to nurture their efforts.” Since 1999, Artadia has recognized artistic excellence in cities across the United States with unrestricted, merit-based Awards to contemporary artists chosen through a rigorous evaluation process juried by two distinct panels of internationally recognized curators. In addition to New York, Artadia currently funds Awards on a rotating cycle in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The 2015 New York Artadia Awards were made possible thanks to the generosity of the Melva Bucksbaum Family Foundation, the Artadia New York Award Council, HSBC, Sotheby’s, anonymous donors, Artadia’s Board of Directors and members and many individual donors.