Artadia is pleased to announce the 2019 New York Artadia Awardees:
Devin N. Morris
As the 2019 New York Artadia Awardees, the artists will receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds as well as access to the ongoing benefits of the Artadia Awards program. Applications for the Awards were open to any visual artist living in New York City, for over two years, working in any medium and at any stage of their career.
In the first round of jurying, Kate Fowle, chief curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; director-at-large, Independent Curators International (ICI), New York; Mickalene Thomas, artist, New York; and Sohrab Mohebbi, curator, SculptureCenter, New York selected five Finalists: Hadi Fallahpisheh, Erick A. Hernandez, Devin N. Morris, Sable Elyse Smith, and Sasha Wortzel. Justine Ludwig, Executive Director, Creative Time, joined Fowle for the second round of evaluations. The jurors conducted studio visits with each of the five Finalists to determine the Awardees.
In a joint statement, Fowle and Ludwig noted: “With more than 500 artists applying for the award, it was no mean feat to arrive at a collective agreement on five with whom to do studio visits: so many incredible ideas and approaches to discern between. Devin, Erick, Hadi, Sable Elyse, and Sasha were all inspiring and thought provoking in their practices. Each is honing an approach to art-making that is unfamiliar (in the “I haven’t seen anything quite like this” way). The work is socially conscious and intense; personal, resourceful, and generative. They each offer a strong, unique, and uncompromising creative vision, leaving us with the impossible task of having to compare radically different outputs. After trying (and failing) to negotiate for more money so that all five finalist could be awardees—note to any interested philanthropists out there: Artadia rocks! Support them, so they can support more artists—we agreed that Devin Morris and Hadi Fallahpisheh were each on the verge of something special that really excited us. Maybe, just maybe, to receive this award right now would offer that extra “mile” of encouragement that could ensure both will fly sooner rather than later.”
This is Artadia’s fourth Award cycle in New York. 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.