The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs has announced Meredith Kooi, MaryGrace Phillips, Alex-Gallo Brown and Amina S. McIntyre as the recipients of its Emerging Artist Awards. Each artist receives $1,500 and will have work on view at a reception being held at the Chastain Arts Center on Friday, April 17, from 7 to 9pm.
Kooi, a BURNAWAY contributor and performance artist, is perhaps best known in the visual art community. She has had performances and exhibitions at such venues as Eyedrum, MINT Gallery, High Museum of Art, the Goat Farm and Mammal Gallery. Since 2011, she has been the editor at Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform. She is also the founder and director of ALTERED MEANS, an experimental curatorial platform. Her art and cultural criticism has been featured in ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, Bad at Sports, and Temporary Art Review. She’s currently working on a new piece that will be shown later this year at Kibbee Gallery.
Well known in the dance community, Phillips is a dancer, choreographer, and movement artist who has performed with Staibdance, Helen Hale Dance, and Catellier Dance Project. In 2014, she participated in Marcia Vaitsman’s installation for Sumptuary at MINT gallery, a series curated by Maggie Ginestra and Mike Stasny. She collaborated with Kevin Byrd last fall to create a public street installation and performance for the Goat Farm’s series for ELEVATE Atlanta. With Erik Thurmond, she has created a new dance work for the Decatur cemetery.
The work of writer/poet Gallo-Brown has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon.com, The Brooklyn Rail, and others. In 2013, he received a Walthall fellowship from WonderRoot, and is working on a series of poems exploring the idea that Atlanta is a city “too busy to hate.”
McIntyre is a creative worship artist and playwright, a member of Working Title Playwrights, playwright apprentice at Horizon Theatre, and managing director of Karibu Performing Arts. She launched the Masters of Divinity program at Emory University and is working on the book 30 Days of Peace and Praise, to be released this spring.