Artadia, a non-profit grantmaking organization and nationwide community of visual artists, curators, and patrons, is pleased to announce the 2023 New York City Artadia Awardees: Simon Benjamin, Lizania Cruz, and Diane Severin Nguyen.  

The 2023 New York City 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 the five boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island for a minimum of two years.

The decision was reached after an extensive two-tiered jurying process culminating in virtual studio visits with jurors Mia Locks, Executive Director, Museum Moving Forward, and Manuela Moscoso, Executive Director, Center for Art, Research and Alliances (CARA).

“I am honored to have been a part of this year’s jurying panel for the Artadia Awards, which mobilizes significant support to outstanding artists working in New York City. We received more than 500 applications –  a testament to the vigorous, rich and diverse arts community in our city. As jurors, we worked our way through each application with care and sensitivity, taking into consideration how this Award will have an important effect on each artist’s career at this particular moment. I am eager to see the difference that this Award will make for these three amazing artists,” shared juror Manuela Moscoso

“It is an absolute pleasure to serve as an Artadia juror and to support such incredible artists getting unrestricted grants,” expressed fellow juror Mia Locks.

In addition to Benjamin, Cruz, and Severin Nguyen, this year’s finalists for the Award included Tamar Ettun, Chase Hall, and Pauline Shaw, selected by Andrea Andersson, Founding Director and Chief Curator, Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought; Manuela Moscoso, Executive Director, Center for Art, Research and Alliances (CARA); and TK Smith, Writer, Critic, and Assistant Curator of Art of the African Diaspora, Barnes Foundation. 

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Since its founding in 1999, Artadia has awarded over $6 million in unrestricted funds to over 385 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 New York City Artadia Awards are supported by the May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the Orentreich Family Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Artadia Board of Directors, Artadia Council Members, and individual donors across the country. The New York Artadia Network is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Left to right: Simon Benjamin (photo courtesy of the artist); Lizania Cruz (photo courtesy of Guarinex Rodriguez); Diane Severin Nguyen (photo courtesy of the artist).