Artadia, a non-profit grantmaking organization and nationwide community of visual artists, curators, and patrons, is pleased to announce the 2023 Atlanta Artadia Awardees: Jessica Caldas, Stefanie Jackson, and Nneka Kai.

The 2023 Atlanta Artadia Awards application was open to visual artists working in any visual media, at any stage in their career, who have been living and working within Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton counties for a minimum of two years.

The decision was reached after an extensive two-tiered jurying process culminating in virtual studio visits with jurors Liz Andrews, Director, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and Rory Padeken, Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum.

On the jurying process, Padeken shared, “Artadia continues to play a pivotal role in supporting artists at critical moments in their careers. This year’s cohort of exceptional artists explore a range of complex issues related to the law, gender identity, labor, racial and political injustices, and the cosmic imaginary. I look forward to seeing how their work develops in the future.”

Fellow juror Andrews remarked, “The vibrant and diverse pool of finalists from Atlanta showed me, yet again, how powerful of a place Atlanta is for artists.”

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Since its founding in 1999, Artadia has awarded over $6 million in unrestricted funds to over 390 artists nationally. Celebrating visual artists and their foundational role in shaping society, the Artadia Award benefits three artists annually in seven major US cities with high concentrations of creative workers—Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The 2023 Atlanta Artadia Awards are supported by the Ressler/Gertz Family Foundation, Artadia Board of Directors, Artadia Council supporters, and individual donors across the country.

Image, left to right: Jessica Caldas (photo credit Brian Bates); Stefanie Jackson (photo credit Lela Jenkins); and Nneka Kai (photo courtesy of the artist).