Curtis Ames has won the 2018-19 Emerging Artist Award from the Forward Arts Foundation. He receives a $10,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at the Swan Coach House Gallery in 2019.
This annual award, now in its twentieth year, is presented to an Atlanta artist who has not had a major solo show and is not connected with a commercial gallery.
Ames earned his MFA in 2014, and his BFA from the University of Georgia in 2002. He is known for minimalist often ephemeral works that repurpose found objects in understated explorations of the meaning of failure.
The finalists for this year’s prize, Robert Chamberlin, Krista Clark, Sonya Yong James, and Christina Price Washington, will also have works on view in a group show alongside Ames’s exhibition next year.
The 2017 winner Andrew Boatright’s show “Be Not Afraid” opens at Swan on April 12 along with works by finalists David Armistead, Wihro Kim, Julianne Trew, Vanessa Brooke Williams.
Read our Talking Heads conversation with Ames, Boatright, and Kojo Griffin!