ATLANTA—The Forward Arts Foundation (FAF) announces Burnaway contributor Taylor Manigoult as winner of the prestigious 2022 Edge Award which spotlights and supports early-to-mid-career artists of merit in the greater Atlanta area. Finalists include Caleb Jamel Brown, Amie Esslinger, Nneka Kai and Jason Sweet.
The winner of this juried prize receives a $10,000 cash award, a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center, and a solo exhibition at the Swan Coach House Gallery in April 2022. Each finalist receives a $2,000 cash award, and will exhibit one work during the Edge Award Exhibition.
NEW ORLEANS—Bill Fagaly, renowned curator, scholar, and author at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) passed away. For fifty years, Fagaly worked at NOMA spearheading the establishment and development of the museum’s internationally acclaimed collection of African art. By far the longest serving member of NOMA’s staff, he leaves an extraordinary legacy.
In his five decades at NOMA, Fagaly organized over 90 exhibitions ranging from Fabergé to Sister Gertrude Morgan to Ancestors of Congo Square, a major exhibition and publication of the museum’s African collection. Fagaly was also a tireless advocate for contemporary art and artists, and was fully engaged with the artistic community in New Orleans and beyond.
ASHEVILLE—The Center for Craft announces the 2021 Windgate-Lamar Fellows, recognized as the top emerging craft artists in the United States. Ten graduating university seniors were selected from 87 applications by a four-member panel consisting of artists, curators, and professionals who play critical roles in the field today. These ten Fellows are awarded based on their notable artistic merit and demonstrated potential for contributing to the field of craft.
Each artist will receive $15,000 from the Center for Craft to support their personal and artistic growth in this crucial phase of their early career, building the foundation for future success. Historically, artists who receive this prestigious award often move on to become working artists establishing successful studios, exhibitors at world-renowned museums and galleries, MFA students, or full-time faculty.
NEW ORLEANS—The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans has announced the selection of seven visual and performing artists for its 2021 Artist Residency program, which advances the CAC’s mission to foster and engage artistic communities and supports the creation of multidisciplinary art of our time.
This year’s artists include Ellen Bull, a costume and scenic designer working primarily in theatre and film; kai barrow, a visual and performance artist; Keysha Rivera, a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on textile exploration; and J Knoblach, an artist whose combination of running cross country and track and studying feminist body art led to an interdisciplinary practice rooted in performance.
In addition to being awarded an unrestricted stipend of $500 for individuals and $700 for groups, each artist receives access to time, space, resources, and professional development opportunities from the CAC.
McCOMB, MISS.—Pike School of Art has been approved for a $25,000 Our Town grant to support development of a cultural plan for the McComb Arts and Entertainment District in McComb, Mississippi. This is one of sixty-three Our Town Grants nationwide, a category which aims to support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes; ultimately laying the groundwork for sustainable systems change.
The project will identify arts and cultural assets and engage community stakeholders to use these assets to activate the City of McComb Arts & Entertainment District. By bringing together a wide range of programming including workshops, dance and music performances, artist residencies, and music and heritage festivals, offered through multiple partnerships, the project will fuel revitalization of long-distressed parts of the city and restore a sense of community pride.