New York, NY – Artadia is pleased to announce the five Finalists for the 2018 New York Awards: Heather Hart, Terence Nance, Christie Neptune, William Staples, and Jessica Vaughn. 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 Monique Long, Independent Curator and Writer, New York; Assistant Curator, Zeitz MOCAA, South Africa; Lorna Simpson, Artist; and Jamie Stevens, Curator, Artists Space, New York.

Of the process of selecting Finalists, Long said: “It was rewarding to review hundreds of submissions on the occasion of the New York Artadia Awards. During the process, it was compelling to see what artists are currently concerned with formally, thematically, etc. in one critical mass. Some of these are things I myself am engaged with and some were a revelation to me.”

Simpson praised the act of supporting artists: “The Artadia Awards to artists in support   of their continued growth and need for unfettered experimentation is one of the vital mechanisms of sustaining individual and collective artistic expression. Acklowleding these five artists acknowledges that as a society we cannot effectively move forward without the voices of artists.”

Artadia Executive Director Carolyn Ramo said of the finalists: “At a time when it is becoming increasingly unsustainable for artists to live and work in cities, it is crucial that the community recognizes the importance of the artistic voices that are shaping New York today. Artadia is so pleased to be offering support to artists in New York and cities across the country. All five finalists for the third annual New York Artadia Awards represent a richly diverse and dynamic cross-section of the New York art world.”

Long continued, “To those artists who were not selected: we see you. I hope you apply again.”

Artadia received more than 500 applications for the Awards, which were open to all visual artists living in New York City 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 300 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.