Burning News! The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) announced this morning the winners of its annual Working Artist Project award. Michael Rooks of the High Museum served as a guest juror in helping the museum select three artists of merit working in the metro Atlanta area, furthering the project that has promoted “Atlanta as a city where artists live, work, and thrive” since its inception in 2007. The year-long program includes a stipend of $12,000 for each recipient, the support of studio assistants who are paid for up to 300 hours of work, and a solo exhibition at MOCA GA. The winners for the 2011-2012 awards cycle are Brian Dettmer, Gregor Turk, and Martha Whittington.
Click above for a short video about Brian Dettmer’s work.
And who are these working artists? More the press release:
Brian Dettmer is originally from Chicago. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA. Dettmer is represented by Kinz + Tillou in New York, Packer Schopf in Chicago, MiTO in Barcelona, Toomey Tourell in San Francisco and Saltworks in Atlanta. His work has gained international acclaim through internet bloggers, and traditional media. His bibliography includes The New York Times, Modern Painters, The Village Voice, Vogue Italia, Harper’s, Time Out, Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and National Public Radio, among several others. In the past three years he has had solo shows in New York, San Francisco, Barcelona, Chicago and Miami. His work is shown and collected throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe and can be found in several museum exhibitions, public and private collections.
Gregor Turk received his BA from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and his MFA from Boston University. Between degrees Turk served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. Utilizing a variety of media, Turk’s work typically incorporates mapping imagery. His “49th Parallel Project” focused on the 1,270 mile section of the U.S./Canadian border which he traveled by foot and bike in 1992. The project was part of the 1996 Cultural Olympiad and included a documentary broadcast on public television and a large body of artwork (produced over a three-year period) that was exhibited internationally. Also in 1996 Turk was the recipient of the “Alternate Visions Grant” funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation and the Warhol Foundation. In addition to numerous exhibitions, he has completed several public art commissions including permanent installations at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta and Jacksonville International Airports and a series of outdoor sculptures at a fire station.
Martha Whittington is an Atlanta-based sculptor and educator. Whittington received her MFA in sculpture from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA and her BA in sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO. Whittington has been the recipient of a 3 month artist residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. In support of her work, she has also been awarded grants from the Office of Cultural Affairs Atlanta. Much of her work involves small objects, multiplied many times in controlled, site-specific arrangements. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally with shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Gallery Rebolloso in Minneapolis, MN; and the AMOA-Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, TX. Whittington is also a professor of foundations studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA.
Solo exhibitions by last year’s winners will debut at MOCA GA over the next 12 months: Alan Caomin Xie from April 30-August 13, 2011; Micah Stansell from August 27-December 3, 2011; and Katherine Mitchell from December 17, 2011-March 31, 2012.