November 24, 2020

By November 24, 2020
Namwon Choi, Blue Distant (Four Vanishing Points), 2019. Choi is among three finalists for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Art awarded annually by the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston.

The Gibbes Museum of Art announces finalists for 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

Re:Focus a photo exhibition on view at Swan Coach House in Atlanta through October 27

CHARLESTON—The Gibbes Museum of Art has announced the finalists for the annual 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. The 2020 finalists are Namwon Choi, Stephen L. Hayes, and Jennifer Shaw. The winning artist will be presented with a $10,000 cash prize and have one selected piece exhibited in the Gibbes’s Mary Jackson Modern and Contemporary Gallery in 2021. The 2020 panelists included 2019 prize-winning artist Donté K. Hayes, Society 1858 representatives Abby Rosenthal and Jay Benson, Joan Mitchell Center director Toccarra A.H. Thomas, and McColl Center for Art + Innovation Director of Residencies and Programs Claudia Gonzalez Griffin.

“The 1858 Prize exemplifies artists at the forefront of contemporary southern art, and this year’s three finalists were chosen out of an outstanding group of over 200 candidates,” says Angela Mack, executive director at the Gibbes Museum of Art. “The pandemic had a sudden and substantial impact on artists, which is why Society 1858 and the Gibbes believe it is so important to continue supporting them with programs like the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art.”

The 2020 recipient of the 1858 Prize will be announced in early December.

Andy Warhol Foundation names 2020 Arts Writers Grant recipients

NEW YORK—The Andy Warhol Foundation has named the twenty-two recipients of its 2020 Arts Writers grants, which total $675,000 this year. Ranging between $15,000 and $50,000, the awards support contemporary art writing across three categories: articles, books, and short-form writing.

“Art writing that is incisive and attuned to the cultural moment positions artists as key contributors to urgent conversations in and beyond the art world,” said Joel Wachs, president of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, in a statement. “Through their rigorous and generous engagement with artists and art works, their close reading of historical and cultural contexts, and their creative juxtaposition of disparate practices, arts writers illuminate the unique way art engages with and explicates our idea of a national consciousness.”

This year’s short-form writing grantees include Burnaway contributor Monica Uszerowicz, who will write about Floridian and Caribbean artists who are involved with local ecological activism, and co-founder Jessica Lynne, who will explore the intergenerational histories of Black women artists in the South.

A full list of this year’s Arts Writers grantees is below.


Angie Baecker, “The Art Group and the Avant Garde: Collective Practices and the Socialist Legacy in Contemporary China”

Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, “Patssi Valdez: ‘I dare you question me,’ A Radical Photographic Portraiture”

Erica Moiah James, “Juan Francisco Elso: La luz de las cosas / The Light of Things”

Arnold Joseph Kemp, “Who is this black, queer curator? If you don’t remember it and do him, his last name is McShine”

Oluremi C. Onabanjo, “The Conditions of the Archive: Marilyn Nance and FESTAC 77”


Sergio Delgado Moya, A Nervous Archive: Sensationalism and the Potency of Horror

Ariel Goldberg, Just Captions: Ethics of Trans and Queer Image Cultures

Naeem Mohaiemen + Anjali Singh, Harmit Singh’s War

Jerry Philogene, The Socially Dead and Improbably Citizen: Visualizing Haitian Liberation

Jeannine Tang, Living Legends: The Art and Care of Queer and Transgender History

Joseph L. Underwood, Forging a New Contemporary: Art from Senegal in Transnational Networks, 1974–1984

Short-Form Writing

Ratik Asokan

Jessica Baran

Barbara Calderón

Dan Fox

Bean Gilsdorf

Colony Little

Jessica Lynne

Lauren O’Neill-Butler

Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art at the Hunter Museum through January 8th

Amy Taubin

Monica Uszerowicz

Tomashi Jackson, Ecology of Fear (Abrams for Governor of Georgia) (Negro Women wait to congratulate LBJ), 2020.

Joan Mitchell Foundation announces 2020 Painters & Sculptors grant recipients

NEW YORK—The Joan Mitchell Foundation has named the twenty-five recipients of this year’s Painters & Sculptors grants, each of whom will receive $25,000 in unrestricted funds. The foundation noted in a statement that it felt especially compelled to make the awards this year, given the current landscape in which artists are operating.

Artists are nominated by their peers or by those working in the field of the arts and chosen through a multi-phase jurying process, which this year took place virtually. Grantees are typically eligible to apply for residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans; however, owing to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 and 2021, only members of the local artist community will be considered for residencies; the program will reopen to artists across the country in 2022.

This year’s winners are Zarouhie Abdalian (New Orleans); Natalie Ball (Chiloquin, OR); Rina Banerjee (New York), Bahar Behbahani (Brooklyn, NY); Sarah Cain (Los Angeles); Luke Luokun Cheng (Falls Church, VA); Jessie Chun (Brooklyn, NY); Gabriel Dawe (Dallas); Joey Fauerso (San Antonio); Colette Fu (Philadelphia); Reggie Burrows Hodges (Maine); Linda Infante Lyons (Anchorage, AK); Kahlil Robert Irving (Saint Louis); Tomashi Jackson (Cambridge, MA); Caroline Kent (Chicago); Fred H. C. Liang (Boston); Melissa Melero-Moose (Reno, NV); Julio César Morales (Chandler, AZ); Demetrius Oliver (New York); Diego Rodriguez-Warner (Aurora, CO); Arvie Smith (Portland, OR); Edra Soto (Chicago); Cory Kamehanaokalā Holt Taum (Kahaluʻu, HI); Jordan Weber (Des Moines); and Didier William (Elkins Park, PA).

The National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Institution close again amid spike in coronavirus cases

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Gallery of Art and all eight of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums have shuttered again amid a steep rise in coronavirus cases both locally and nationally. This follows their first round of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 14 and subsequent phased reopenings beginning in late June.

“Museums are places for gathering,” the Smithsonian’s spokeswoman, Linda St. Thomas, said. “And gathering in groups is not recommended by public health officials.”

Both the Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art presented their closings as a temporary move but have not announced a potential reopening date.

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