New York, NY – Artadia is pleased to announce the five Finalists for the 2018 Houston Awards: Francis Almendarez, Rabea Ballin, Natasha Bowdoin, Dana Frankfort, and Angel Oloshove. 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 Huma Bhabha, Artist; Dean Daderko, Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Claire D’Alba, Curator, Art in Embassies (personal capacity).

Local juror Daderko noted: “It’s an honor to have been involved in this jurying process alongside Huma Bhabha and Claire D’Alba, and I look forward to seeing how Artadia’s generous support will enable these Houston-based artists to advance their compelling practices.”

The review piqued D’Alba’s interest in the Houston arts community: “The Artadia Houston submissions were incredibly diverse. The range of artists’ backgrounds and cultural identities was notable, but the variety of media and practice was also striking. It was a pleasure to spend time considering the work of so many hard-working artists, and I’m inspired by how much vibrant and compelling art is being made in Houston.”

This is Artadia’s ninth Award cycle in Houston. The application was open to all visual artists living in Houston 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 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.