21c Museum Hotels, a multi-venue contemporary art museum and award-winning hospitality company, and Artadia, a non-profit grantmaker and nationwide community of visual artists, curators, and patrons, are thrilled to announce their collaboration on the third annual 21c Artadia Award this year in the greater Research Triangle area of North Carolina, including nine counties that will encompass Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh.
Launched in Louisville, KY in 2021, the 21c Artadia Award marked the beginning of a long-term partnership, which will annually provide $15,000 in unrestricted funds to one artist living and working in the unique creative communities where 21c Museum Hotels are located. The 21c Artadia Award is designed to provide essential funding and recognition to artists at pivotal points in their careers, strengthen arts communities, and spur new levels of career achievement.
In addition to the grant itself, the Award includes lifelong access to the Artadia Network, a support program nurturing strategic relationships and connecting Awardees with a community of fellow artists and a diverse cohort of professionals. This partnership allows Artadia to reach new communities and artists with its Award program, with future Award cycles slated for Cincinnati, OH (2024), Bentonville, AR (2025), and Saint Louis, MO (2026).
Open June 15–July 15, 2023, the 21c Research Triangle Award application is an open call, free to apply, and available to visual artists currently living and working within Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, Nash, Orange, Person, and Wake counties. The 21c Research Triangle Artadia Awardee will be announced in August 2023.
“We are thrilled that the third 21c Artadia Award will be given to an artist based in North Carolina’s vibrant Research Triangle, home to a growing and inclusive arts community,” says 21c Chief Curator and Museum Director Alice Gray Stites. “21c and Artadia share a commitment to supporting today’s most dynamic, engaged artists across the country. Last year’s Awardee, Kansas City-based Kathy Liao, continues to make compelling work that is being exhibited in numerous venues to great acclaim. We expect that the opportunity the Award cycle will bring to the Research Triangle will elevate national awareness of the richness and strength of talent here.”