Artadia is pleased to announce the Awardees for the 2018 Houston Artadia Awards: Francis Almendarez and Dana Frankfort. As the 2018 Houston Artadia Awardees, Almendarez and Frankfort will receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds as well as access to the ongoing benefits of the Artadia Awards program.

In the first round of jurying, Huma Bhabha, Artist; Dean Daderko, Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Claire D’Alba, Curator, Art in Embassies (personal capacity) selected five Finalists: Francis Almendarez, Rabea Ballin, Natasha Bowdoin, Dana Frankfort, and Angel Oloshove. Kanitra Fletcher, Curatorial Assistant, Modern and Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, joined Daderko for the second round of evaluations. The jurors conducted studio visits with the five Finalists to determine the Awardees. This is Artadia’s ninth year providing unrestricted Awards to artists in Houston. Applications for the Awards were open to any visual artist living in Houston for over two years working in all media, and at any stage of their career.

Of the jurying process, Daderko and Fletcher noted: “It’s been an honor to work with our colleagues at Artadia on this jurying process. Through their support and guidance, we were able to offer two generous, merit-based, and unrestricted awards to the Houston-based artists Francis Almendarez and Dana Frankfort. We shared similar enthusiasms about their individual commitments and clarity-of-vision.”

The jurors praised the practice and committment of each Awardee: “Dana Frankfort’s dedication to process, formal experimentation, and the depths and pleasures of color animate a body of paintings in which she explores the legibility, visual potency, and dissolution of written words.”

“In Almendarez’s inspired and ambitious multi-channel video installation works, we were moved by investigations of memory and history evident in thoughtful manipulations of mood, and temporal and physical distance. We look forward to following the development of their promising practices.”

Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports visual 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 internationally recognized curators to review work, and culminates in direct grants. Since 1999, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 310 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

The 2018 Houston Artadia Awards are generously supported by The Brown Foundation, the Houston Endowment, Artadia Houston Council members, and Artadia’s Board of Directors.