Artadia is pleased to announce the five Finalists for the 2018 Atlanta Awards: Krista Clark, Ariel Dannielle, Danielle Deadwyler, William Downs, and Erin Jane Nelson.

The Finalists were selected by jurors Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Nathaniel Hitchcock, Independent Curator, Chicago, IL; and Jonathan Odden, former Curatorial Assistant, High Museum of Art.

Of the Atlanta applicants, Odden noted: “The finalists this year represent an important fraction—though only a fraction—of the creative, critical work occurring in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Each artist we selected, in their respective practices, engages with questions of co-labor and precarity in urban-, artificial- and natural-ecologies—themes we felt to be particularly crucial in the contemporary moment of 2018 and in the context of Atlanta.”

This is Artadia’s sixth time presenting curator-driven, unrestricted Awards to Atlanta artists. The 2018 Atlanta Artadia Awards were open to all visual artists living in Greater Atlanta (the 23 eligible counties of Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton) 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. The Finalists will receive studio visits with the second-round jurors, who will ultimately select two artists as Awardees to receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds. Awardees are invited to participate in Artadia’s ongoing Beneficiary program, connecting them to a network of curators and collectors across the country and advancing their careers.

Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports artists with unrestricted, merit-based Awards followed by a lifetime of program opportunities. Artadia is unique in that it allows any artist to apply, engages nationally recognized curators to review work, and culminates in direct grants. Since 1999, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 325 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

The 2018 Atlanta Artadia Awards are generously supported by MailChimp, the Tim & Lauren Schrager Family Foundation, Artadia’s Board of Directors, Atlanta Council members, and many generous individual donors in Atlanta.

Krista Clark, Stopped, Westviews Through Ontario, 2017. Tarp, wood, insulation, tape, 12 x 15 ft.; Ariel Dannielle, Family Sized, 2018. Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 72 x 90 in.; Danielle Deadwyler, Bustitopen, 2017. Performance, video; William Downs, Just too tired to cry, 2018. Ink wash and spray paint on paper, 44.5 x 56.5 in.; Erin Jane Nelson, First Landing Mushrooms, 2018. Resin, pigment, enamel pin, and pigment print on glazed stoneware, 18 x 13.5 x 2.75 in.