One of the world’s largest not-for-profit philanthropic art organizations awarded prizes to three independent artists from across the US. Each with their own story, own background, and own artistic expression. Carmen Argote and Ron Athey got $10,000 for their contribution to art development. While Diedrick Brackens won the organization’s inaugural Marciano Artadia Award with an unrestricted grant of $25,000.
Being held for the fourth time, Artadia award aims to praise artists in different cities where this programme is active for their contribution to the development of modern art. Thus, all notable artists from Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area stand a chance to get a financial reward and later use it for own purposes and wants. But who are these rewarded artists and what do they stand for? Stay tuned to learn more about it!
Artadia Art Prize: Rewarding Mechanism
The awardees were chosen in a two-stage process. The first round was judged by Pavel Pyś, curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center together with Erin Christovale and Zina Saro-Wiwa. In the second stage, Christovale and Anna Katz conducted a few studio visits to the venues of the six chosen half-finalists at that time. Afterward, the final selection was made.
Three winners captured special attention of the juries, each with his or her outstanding performance and dedication. Here is what we know about the winning artists:
- Carmen Argote: she is a multidisciplinary artist with exhibitions at Shulamit Nazarian and the San Jose Museum of Art, among other institutions. With only 31 years old, Carmen’s works in performance art and sculpture are known all over the world. Being currently represented by the Instituto de Vision in Bogota, she continues creating and does it at the finest;
- Ron Athey: he is a performance artist best known for his examinations of bodily pain, religion, and the AIDS crisis. In recent years he has performed at the Broad and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles;
- Diedrick Brackens: his specialty is woven textiles paying tributes to various artistic traditions of West Africa, Europe, and the American South. Moreover, in his works, Brackens also explores black and queer identity thus making his art one of a kind.
All in all, it is the fourth time when Artadia rewards outstanding local artists and supports their activities for further self-expression and art development in the region.