Four Southern artists are among the eight recipients of the 2014 Tanne Foundation Awards. The awards are given in varying amounts and this year total $42,000, divided among seven artists and an artist-run organization.
Atlanta’s Bojana Ginn, whose exhibition opens tomorrow, September 25, at the Swan Coach House Gallery, has won a prize along with her husband, Brian Ginn, who works in video and theater. The Yugoslavian-born artist is currently in the Studio Program at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. She graduated from medical school in 2001 and the following year moved to the U.S., where her artistic interests superseded her medical career.
Photographer Karen Graffeo of Birmingham, Alabama, and Shadow May of Chattanooga, Tennessee, have also been recognized. Graffeo’s series Let Us Now Praise the Roma documents the lives of the Roma people and their encampments in Europe. May is a self-taught ceramic artist who was born in Alaska.
The other artist recipients are playwright and performance artist Deborah Margolin (Boston), Chicago painter Darrell Roberts, and, for the eighth consecutive year, the Boston alternative gallery Mobius.
The Tanne Foundation, established by an unnamed artist in 1998, seeks to support underrecognized artists around the country through an internal selection process. It does not accept applications or materials for review.