Artadia is pleased to announce the 2019 New York Awards Finalists:

Hadi Fallahpisheh

Devin N. Morris

Sasha Wortzel

Erick A. Hernandez

Sable Elyse Smith

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 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.

Of the process of selecting Finalists, Mohebbi noted: “The pool of candidates was exceptionally strong and making the selection was no easy feat. Artists are grappling with very pressing issues and find incredibly complex and elegant ways to address the aesthetic questions of the moment. The jury deliberation was particularly informative given the quality of the applications. These five finalists exemplify just a portion of of the best new voices creating in New York City in this moment.”

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.

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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 curators to review work, and culminates in direct grants. Since 1999, Artadia has awarded over $5 million to more than 325 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

The 2019 New York Artadia Awards are generously supported by the Orentreich Family Foundation, First Republic, Artadia’s Board of Directors, Artadia New York Council members, and individual donors across the country.