New York, NY – Artadia is pleased to announce the five Finalists for the 2018 San Francisco Awards: Koak, Indira Allegra, Dana Hemenway, K.R.M. Mooney, and Lava Thomas. 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 A. Will Brown, Assistant Curator, MOCA Cleveland, Ohio; Lauren Schell Dickens, Curator, San Jose Museum of Art Curat; and Allison Ferris, Senior Curator, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa.

Dickens, inspired by the diversity of the applicants, described the process of selecting the finalists: “As a curator who is rather new to the bay area, this review process has been a wonderful crash course in the high caliber and sheer number of artists working in the area. We saw fantastic diversity among the applications—in terms of the artists’ identity, mediums and subjects— and it was challenging to compare such highly developed and particular artistic practices.”

Ferris added: “There is a liveliness of spirit in all the artwork submitted for the San Francisco Artadia Awards, which indicates a strong, vibrant contemporary art community in the San Francisco Bay community.”

Brown echoed Dicken’s and Ferris’s sentiments and highlighted the quality of works from the finalists: “Reviewing such a well formed collection of submissions by the Bay Area’s artistic community is a profound reminder of the area’s rich cultural heritage and continued creative vibrancy. The process of selection was both a pleasure and an immense challenge due to the consistently strong balance of formal and conceptual quality. The five finalists emerged respectively for their deft use of form and material to command and offer new ways of looking and thinking about challenging and sensitive ideas. Across a range of strategies and materials each finalist was selected most of all for their willingness to take considered risks while demonstrating a depth of knowledge about the contemporary art and artists of our time, and those of the last century. ”

This is Artadia’s eleventh Award cycle in San Francisco. The application was open to all visual artists living in the five Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo 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.

The 2018 San Francisco Artadia Awards are generously supported by The San Francisco Foundation, Ascent Wealth Management, Artadia San Francisco Council members, and Artadia’s Board of Directors.