Artadia, a non-profit grantmaking organization and nationwide community of visual artists, curators, and patrons, is pleased to announce the 2023 Boston Artadia Awardees: Luis Arnías, the Wagner Foundation Boston Artadia Award recipient; Juan José Barboza-Gubo; and Alison Croney Moses, the Liberty Mutual Artadia Award recipient.

The 2023 Boston 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 Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk 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 Gloria Sutton, Curator and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History, Northeastern University and Dexter Wimberly, Independent Curator and Co-Founder, CreativeStudy.

On sponsoring and selecting the recipient of the Liberty Mutual Artadia Award, Christina Gerber, Liberty Mutual, said “It is a pleasure to support these Awards again. At Liberty, we are passionate about supporting artists of all ages, from all backgrounds, across various art forms. We believe in a robust future for the arts, and the quality of entries again shows us that the future is bright.”

Gerber continued, “Alison’s work is multi-layered – not only a captivating visual experience but engages a multitude of senses. Alison has a wonderful career ahead of her and we are delighted to be a small part of her journey.”

“Wagner Foundation is pleased to support the 2023 Boston Artadia Awardees, and to name Luis Arnías as the Wagner Foundation Boston Artadia Awardee. Artadia’s support for artists provides crucial funding for Greater Boston’s artists to stay and thrive here, and not only are these artists recognized within our geographic context, but their work is also in dialogue with a national network of visionary artists,” shared Abigail Satinsky, Program Officer & Curator, Arts and Culture at Wagner Foundation. “At Wagner Foundation, we support just and robust communities, and we see artists as fundamental to that vision and essential to our collective well-being. Congratulations to the 2023 Artadia Awardees who are all contributing to making Greater Boston home for our vibrant creative communities.”

On the jurying process, juror Gloria Sutton said, “The studio visits with each of the finalists was deeply rewarding – allowing us to engage with the conceptual rigor and material richness of their work up close. The best part of being an Artadia juror was how difficult the decision process was, which is a testament to the vitality of Boston’s art community.”

Fellow juror Dexter Wimberly remarked, “I was honored to have the opportunity to help Artadia jury such an outstanding group of artists. As an independent curator and arts professional, who also works closely with artists on matters of career development, I know firsthand how important the support of organizations like Artadia can be for an artist’s future.”

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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 Boston Artadia Awards are supported by Liberty Mutual, the Meraki Artist Award, Wagner Foundation, the Artadia Board of Directors, Artadia Council supporters, and individual donors across the country.