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Southern Art Prize Announces Nine Finalists for $25,000 Award

By February 13, 2018
Left to Right: Vesna Pavlović, "Maderno, Stefano, Saint Cecilia, Front," and Paul Stephen Benjamin, "Black Cotton Flag Made in Georgia."
Left to Right: Vesna Pavlović, “Maderno, Stefano, Saint Cecilia, Front,” and Paul Stephen Benjamin, “Black Cotton Flag Made in Georgia.”

Nine artists from nine Southern states have been named finalists for the Southern Art Prize, given by the Atlanta-based organization South Arts. Each receives $5,000 and a two-week residency at Hambidge,  and a chance to take home the $25,000 grand prize or the $10,000 finalist award.  to receive State Fellowship awards of $5,000 each.

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The winners will be announced at a ceremony on April 16 in New Orleans.

The 2018 State Fellowship award recipients are:

  • Amy Pleasant, Birmingham, AL. Painting.
  • Anastasia Samoylova, Miami Beach, FL. Photography.
  • Paul Stephen Benjamin, Scottdale, GA. Multidisciplinary.
  • Garrett Hansen, Lexington, KY. Multidisciplinary.
  • Jeremiah Ariaz, Baton Rouge, LA. Photography.
  • Dominic Lippillo, Starkville, MS. Photography.
  • Meg Stein, Durham, NC. Sculpture.
  • Kate Hooray Osmond, Charleston, SC. Painting.
  • Vesna Pavlović, Nashville, TN. Photography.

The finalists were selected from close to 700 applicants by a panel comprising Ade Omotosho of the Pérez Art Museum Miami; Jan Davidson, former director of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC; Mark Scala, chief curator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville; and Scott Stulen, director and president of Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa.

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