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

Counterclockwise from left: Amy Pleasant, "Untitled (Arms);" Jeremiah Ariaz, "Louisiana Buckle, (Sulphur, LA);" Garrett Hansen, Void – .38 Special;" and Paul Stephen Benjamin, "Paint The White House Black."
Counterclockwise from left: Amy Pleasant, “Untitled (Arms);” Jeremiah Ariaz, “Louisiana Buckle, (Sulphur, LA);” Garrett Hansen, Void – .38 Special;” and Paul Stephen Benjamin, “Paint The White House Black.”

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.

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.
Counterclockwise from left: Anastasia Samoylova, "Alligator, from Flood Zone series;" Dominic Lippillo, "Semi Truck;" Kate Hooray Osmond, "Barbapapa;" and Meg Stein, "Not Seeing What We Could Not See."
Counterclockwise from left: Anastasia Samoylova, “Alligator, from Flood Zone series;” Dominic Lippillo, “Semi Truck;” Kate Hooray Osmond, “Barbapapa;” and Meg Stein, “Not Seeing What We Could Not See.”

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.

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.”
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