MIAMI–Puerto Rican artist Daniel Lind-Ramos is the recipient of this year’s Pérez Prize, a $50,000 award from Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in honor of recent achievements in artistic innovation. His work has been recognized for its contributions in representing Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin American identities. His 2013 installation Centinelas (Sentinels)—an assemblage made of steel bars, palm tree trunks, burlap, and other found materials from his hometown of Loíza, a predominantly Black town in Puerto Rico—was featured at the 2019 Whitney Biennial. His work merges African political, mystical, and spiritual motifs from the region.
“The vital experience that inspires my sculptural assemblages derives from our Afro-Puerto Rican communities and from the African diaspora as a whole,” said Lind-Ramos. “The goal of these works is to honor our ancestral communities with narratives, historical references, and tangible traces of their lifetimes. The idea is to appreciate and express their contribution with specific examples through an inclusive aesthetic that stimulates a range of readings and meanings. The Pérez Prize is a powerful acknowledgement that materially encourages and promotes the continuation of this project.”
ATLANTA–As curator of decorative arts and design at the High Museum of Art, Monica Obniski will oversee the department’s exhibitions and programming, its collection of more than 2,300 objects, and will also lead the museum’s initiative to animate its Sifly Piazza with site-specific commissions. Obniski’s career began in the American wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before she went on to work at the Art Institute of Chicago from 2007 to 2014, including four years as assistant curator of American decorative arts. Obniski joins the High from the Milwaukee Art Museum, where she has worked since 2015 .
Obniski said, “I am excited to contribute to the High’s mission centered on diversity, inclusion, and accessibility as well as build on the museum’s noteworthy decorative arts and design collection. As a curator and historian who is committed to the discursive power of design, I look forward to connecting with Atlanta’s architecture and design communities and to convening conversations around meaningful topics.”
NEW YORK–New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to emerging contemporary galleries and art spaces. It provides programming and benefits for its members year round, including hosting NADA Miami, the organization’s premiere art fair, each year in December. (Burnaway participated in NADA Miami 2019 as an exhibitor and cultural partner.) The newly announced alliance members include Laney Contemporary in Savannah, Georgia, and Embajada in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
ASHEVILLE–For the past fifteen years, the Center for Craft has awarded $95,000 annually to scholars, curators, organizations, and graduate students working to advance the history of craft. The Craft Research Fund is comprised of three categories to fulfill its mission, the Exhibition Grant, the Project Grant, and the Graduate Grant. The Exhibition Grant aims to support research on critical issues in craft theory and history through museum exhibitions, while the Project Grant funds the advancement of knowledge of neglected questions on craft history and criticism in the U.S., and lastly, the Graduate Grant awards individual graduate students who are working to advance a cross-disciplinary approach to scholarship in the craft field.
This year’s Exhibition Grant awardees are the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, MI), and the Milwaukee Art Museum for upcoming exhibitions, publications, and educational materials. Additionally, independent curator Shannon Stratton will receive $6,000 to organize SOFTWARE, an exhibition that overlays histories of weaving, technology, and women’s labor with modern and contemporary artworks drawn from the digital and fiber studio disciplines at the Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC) and Arizona State University Art Museum.
The Project Grant recipients include Julie Leonard, Associate Professor of Book Arts at University of Iowa; The Marks Project, which will document the American Museum of Ceramic Art’s American Ceramic Society collection; Dr. Sarah Warren, Associate Professor of Art History at Purchase College; Dr. Jennifer Way, Professor of Art History at the University of North Texas; and Allison Robinson, PhD candidate in History at the University of Chicago.
The two Graduate Grant recipients are Colleen Pokorny, M.A. Apparel Studies, University of Minnesota, and Molly Robinson, M.A. Folklore, University of California at Berkeley.