New York, NY – Artadia is pleased to announce the five Finalists for the 2018 Chicago Awards: Bethany Collins, Daniel Eisenberg, Brendan Fernandes, Leonard Suryajaya, and Derrick Woods-Morrow. 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 Darby English, Consulting Curator, the Museum of Modern Art; Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History, College Modern and Contemporary Art, Cultural Studies, UChicago; Courtenay Finn, Curator, Aspen Art Museum; Jamie Isenstein, artist.

Finn praised the criticality and breadth of work from the Chicago applicant pool. Nearly 300 artists, across every discipline, living across city submitted applications. “Artadia continues to not just actively and crucially support, but also bring to light the exciting and groundbreaking practices of artists working across the US. As part of the 2018 Chicago jury, I was taken aback by the strength of submissions, the experimentation in media, and the thoughtfulness and nuance in storytelling and subject matter. Now more than ever, we need artists’ voices and if the pool of artists seen through the 2018 Chicago Artadia Awards is indicative of where artists are going, I could not be more excited to follow their lead. We are in for hard conversations, generous gestures, and a breath of new ways of thinking and looking at the world around us.”

Of the finalists Isenstein noted: “I was impressed with the breadth and quality of art submitted to Chicago Artadia Awards, but was particularly drawn to the works that are critically engaged with our world. We selected these finalists for the clarity in how their ideas are portrayed in their work and for their original voice. All of these artists’ works are challenging, thought-provoking and relevant.”

This is Artadia’s ninth 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.

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 artists and curators to review work, and culminates in direct grants. Since 1999, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 320 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

The 2018 Chicago Artadia Awards are generously supported by individual donors across the country, Chicago Council members, and Artadia’s Board of Directors.