Just minutes ago, Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue announced $45,000 in grants including $15,000 awards to emerging artist Jason Kofke and local veteran Rocio Rodriguez, as well as five other winners listed below!
After finishing his MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Jason Kokfe began his exhibition career in Atlanta with two exhibitions at the now-defunct Art House Co-op. These shows included a series inspired by memories of the space shuttle Challenger exploding in the sky over his native South Florida. That series continued the use his slogan, “Everything Will Be OK,” which began as a street-art campaign during his undergraduate days, but has now followed him to residencies in China and Japan, an exhibition in Russian, and back to Atlanta, where he prominently served as a moderator for portions of this year’s Living Walls Conference.
A native of Cuba and a BFA and MFA graduate of the University of Georgia, Rocio Rodriguez has spent over 20 years living and working in Atlanta. Her abstract paintings recall forms in both nature and the urban environment, expressing the lyricism of growth, progress, confusion, and decay, reflecting on modern life as well as the medium of painting itself. Her Artadia award adds to her already impressive resume that includes a Cintas Fellowship, two Southern Arts Federation National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowships, and a Southern Regional Visiting Artist Award at the Academy of Art in Rome.
Although Kofke and Rodriguez’s $15,000 awards are the most impressive, the rest of the winners will have plenty to celebrate when they receive their $3,000 grants. Here’s an excerpt from Artadia’s announcement listing the other five awardees:
Sarah Hobbs’s large-scale color photographs represent psychological spaces through which she explores the human psyche, relishing the idea that we are all beautifully flawed. Her elaborate exaggerations of various human behaviors and compulsions are staged in actual domestic spaces, laying bare the objects and locations without human presence, allowing the viewer to find herself in the image. Her recent solo exhibitions have been hosted by Augusta State University, GA and Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA. Her work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brooklyn Museum, NY.
Gyun Hur’s temporary installations of cut silk flowers draw upon familial narratives, collaborative practice, placeness, and color-field painting. Hand-shredded by a community she’s working with, including her Korean-immigrant parents, the vulnerability and ephemerality of the brightly colored lines reflect ideas of loss, cultural identity and assimilation, and memory. Gyun Hur was the 2010 recipient of the Hudgens Prize and an Idea Capital grant to maintain a blog that encourages artists to remain in Atlanta. Hur has performed and exhibited in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Vermont, and was featured in a two-person show at SCAD Gallery, Hong Kong, China this year.
John Q is an artist collective whose name references the man-on-the-street term “John Q. Public,” with the “Q” also referencing the collective’s interest in queer history and politics. Their past interventions have included “Memory Flash” in which Atlanta queer history was contemporaneously revisited and reenacted, using local archives as source material to create a living memorial. John Q plans on further investigating the complicated links between memory, place, and performativity through archives in Atlanta and San Francisco. John Q has exhibited at MOCA GA and guest edited the third issue of The JOSH—the Journal of Sexual Homos.
Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, the 2011 Judith Alexander Artadia Awardee, is a self-described “visual mythologist, a memory keeper,” who has been working with ancestral memory of family, place, and community through textiles, documents, photographs, and memorabilia for over 20 years. Recently she has been making collaborative memory-based pieces with members of a specific community in the “Journey Projects,” which are site-specific installations that are then donated to a local cultural center. She focuses on rural agricultural communities that are developing tourism, urban enclaves, and indigenous communities. Marshall-Linnemeier recently received the Emory University Transforming Community Project Grant and has worked throughout the South.
Deeply interested in narrative, Micah Stansell’s films and installations depict a romance with authenticity, the mystique of the past, and the bonds of family. “It’s about the way you insert yourself into these memories that you weren’t even present for,” Stansell explains. Often installed on multiple channels, the films require viewers to be active participants as they physically survey the images or call a number to hear a portion of the soundtrack. Stansell’s films screened at Flux Projects in 2011 and at Hunter College in New York, NY. His awards include the Special Jury Prize for Innovation in Filmmaking at the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival.
And here’s more from today’s press release detailing the process for selecting the winners:
For three consecutive days (October 27–29, 2010), three nationally known jurors—Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Pamela Alper Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Atlanta art critic Cinqué Hicks—conducted 45-minute studio visits with each of the 15 short-listed artists. The Finalists were chosen from almost 200 visual art applicants living and working in Greater Atlanta.
The two recipients of Artadia Awards 2011 Atlanta at the $15,000 level are: Jason Kofke and Rocío Rodriguez. The five recipients of the $3,000 awards are: Sarah Hobbs, Gyun Hur, John Q, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, and Micah Stansell. In honor of Atlanta arts patron Judith Alexander, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier has been named the Judith Alexander Artadia Awardee. (See attachment for images and descriptions of the awardees’ work.)
“Atlanta’s artist community resonates with deep talent and a commitment to enhancing our city’s quality of life,” says Kasim Reed Mayor of the City of Atlanta. “We are proud that an important national arts organization such as Artadia recognizes the incredible artistic talent we have in Atlanta and we congratulate the recipients of the Artadia Awards 2011 Atlanta. We appreciate Artadia’s dedication to supporting our city’s artists and cultural innovators.”
Atlanta-based Artadia board member Louis Corrigan added, “I congratulate these amazing awardees who represent a great diversity of artistic practice and affirm the extraordinary talent of the larger community of visual artists working in Atlanta. I’m honored to be a member of Artadia’s board, and I’d like to thank everyone who helped make this Atlanta awards cycle possible.”
Applications for the Artadia Awards were open to visual artists in all media and at any stage of their career working and living in Greater Atlanta (23-county area). The application was available online for three months from July 15–September 15, 2011. Artadia provided ample information about the awards cycle via one in-person and two online info sessions, one of which concentrated on best studio visit practices and featured past Artadia juror Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Deputy Director for Education and Public Programs at the Seattle Art Museum. A total number of 195 applications were received in response to the open call to Atlanta artists. The three first-round jurors—Cinqué Hicks, Atlanta art critic; Patrick Amsellem, Associate Curator of Photography, Brooklyn Museum; and Diana Al-Hadid, New York-based artist—named the 15 Finalists in New York earlier this fall. This is the second cycle of Artadia Awards in Atlanta.
Final-round panelist Julie Rodrigues Widholm said of the process, “It was a pleasure for me to see Atlanta for the first time through the wide range of artists working there. I was especially impressed by the commitment of so many Finalists who have found ways to sustain themselves as working artists. There is a burgeoning interest in contemporary art in Atlanta and Artadia is playing an important role in propelling these artists to national attention.”
Generous support for Atlanta artists with Artadia has been provided by foundations including the Judith Alexander Foundation and the LUBO Fund, and individual contributions led by Board member Louis Corrigan in addition to Robert Brawner, Paul Hagedorn, Nancy and Gene Hooff, Lauren and Tim Schrager, an anonymous donor, and New York Board member Marie Samuels.