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.” 

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About 21c Museum Hotel Durham

21c Durham includes a 125-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, and Counting House restaurant. Standing tall in the center of downtown Durham, the property offers 10,500 square feet of exhibition space featuring rotating, curated contemporary art exhibitions free of charge, seven days a week. Onsite restaurant, Counting House, offers a dining experience with deep ties to the community, featuring seasonal ingredients and products. 

For more information, visit 21cDurham.com 

About Artadia 

Artadia is a non-profit grantmaking organization and a nationwide community of visual artists, curators, and patrons. Over two decades, Artadia has worked collaboratively to foster a more just arts economy and improve the conditions necessary for artists of all backgrounds to thrive. We elevate the careers of artists at critical moments in their practice through a proven combination of recognition, grantmaking, community support, and advocacy. Since its founding in 1999, Artadia has awarded over $6 million in unrestricted funds to nearly 400 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.