María Korol wins inaugural Edge Award
ATLANTA—The Forward Arts Foundation has named Atlanta-based artist María Korol as the inaugural winner of The Bob and Betty Edge Award (formerly known as the Emerging Artist Award). The award, which was renamed and relaunched under new criteria in January, includes a $10,000 grant, a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center, and a solo exhibition at Swan Coach House Gallery. Korol, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to the United States in 2004, currently serves as a visiting professor at Agnes Scott College. She frequently uses materials including pastels, paint, and ink to create layered, softly textured compositions that draw upon the influences of Latin American architecture and geometric abstraction. The other finalists for the award—who will each receive $2,000 and exhibit one work in the gallery during Korol’s solo exhibition—are Larkin Ford, Michael Jones, Dianna Settles, and Jason Sweet.
ATLANTA—Sarah Higgins, who has been the interim editor at Art Papers magazine since June 2018, has been named to the position permanently. In a press release from the organization, Higgins said, “I’m delighted to join the Art Papers team, an organization that consistently nourished and inspired me as an artist first, then as an educator and curator. Art Papers has a great legacy of innovation, experimentation, and impassioned critique, and I look forward to building on that legacy and contributing to its future.” Higgins previously served as curator at the Zuckerman Museum of Art on the campus of Kennesaw State University.
ATLANTA—Through its collection transfer program, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation has placed over 350 artworks in the collections of sixteen institutions since being founded in 2010. The four institutions receiving work from this most recent dispersal are the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, the Minneapolis Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection in D.C., and the Montgomery Museum of Art in Alabama. Souls Grown Deep Foundation president Maxwell Anderson said, “An essential element of the foundation’s core mission of advocating for the artists represented in our collection is to ensure that the broadest possible audiences have access to these important works of contemporary American art.” Six works including quilts by the Gee’s Bend quilters and sculptures by Thornton Dial will go on view at the Clark Atlanta University Museum during the 2019-2020 academic year.
ATLANTA—The board of directors of arts nonprofit WonderRoot has released the findings of its investigation following allegations made against former executive director Chris Appleton in an open letter released by former staff members and others in February. The statement from the board reads, in part:
“We have recently completed that investigation and the independent investigator found no evidence of theft or sexual impropriety on the part of our former Executive Director. The investigation — which included dozens of interviews with current and former employees, all signatories of the letter, Board members, and community partners — did find that Appleton repeatedly exhibited unprofessional behavior that did not reflect the ideals of WonderRoot. The investigation did not find that these behaviors were targeted at any specific group or ethnicity. In addition to the investigation, we also conducted a financial review, which revealed no instances of financial misappropriation or impropriety. As an organization, we sincerely apologize to those who were negatively impacted by these behaviors.”
The statement also includes news of the appointment of Brian Tolleson as interim executive director, effective immediately. Tolleson previously served as interim CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. According to a WonderRoot representative, Appleton continues to serve in an advisory capacity to the organization’s board of directors but has no decision-making authority or engagement with staff.
ASHEVILLE—The Center for Craft has announced the ten graduating college seniors who have each been awarded $15,000 as the latest Windgate Fellows. Each fellow must demonstrate “exemplary skill in craft” and be nominated by their undergraduate institution. The 2019 Windgate Fellows are Cassandra Adame (The University of Texas at El Paso, Jewelry/Metalsmithing), Brendan Barrett (Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Wood/Furniture), Galen Boone (California College of the Arts, Jewelry/Metalsmithing), Geoffrey Bowton (Oregon College of Art and Craft, Sculpture), Jill Childress (East Tennessee State University, Ceramics), Reniel Del Rosario (University of California at Berkeley, Ceramics) Juan Hurtado Salazar (Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Ceramics/Art History), Cory Perry, (University of Arkansas School of Art, Fiber/Textiles/Sculpture), Elizabeth Schweizer (The Rhode Island School of Design, Fiber/Textiles), and Sidnee Tyree (Kendall College of Art and Design, Jewelry/Metalsmithing).
ATLANTA—Arts nonprofit MINT has announced that it will relocate from its current space on 92 Peachtree Street to The MET, a large complex in Adair Park, in Fall 2019. The new space will include three galleries, office space, five studios for Leap Year participants, and between eighteen and twenty-three below-market rental studios for artists. Executive Director Cory Klose said, “I am so proud of the work MINT has done over the past year in creating opportunities for the emerging artist community in Atlanta… I’m very excited to move into our new and permanent home, where we can provide even more space for the community we’ve created over the last twelve years.”