This past July Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue—known for launching the careers of many young artists and recognizing exceptional talent among those already established—announced their return to Boston after five long years, marking the 3rd time in its 15-year history that the organization hosted an award cycle in our city. 389 applications from individuals and collaborative artists living and working in the metro Boston area were culled down to 10 Finalists who this past week received studio visits from the second round of jury members.
Today Artadia announced their three Awardees. From their press release:
Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is pleased to announce the 2014 Boston Artadia Awardees: Larissa Bates, Ria Brodell, and Lucy Kim. The three artists will each receive $12,000 in unrestricted funds and join the nationwide network of Artadia Awardees. Benefits include access to Artadia programs, our New York Residency, Awardee exhibitions, studio visits and connections with curators, and participation in Artadia projects at art fairs across the country.
Second-round jurors Bartholomew Ryan, Assistant Curator at The Walker Art Center and Gretchen Wagner, Artistic Director and Chief Curator at the Oklahoma Contemporary and Marfa Contemporary, joined Christopher Bedford [Director of The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University] to conduct studio visits with the ten finalists for two consecutive days (November 19-20) in Boston. Of the process, Gretchen Wagner said, "dialogue and conversation in the studio is an essential moment for both artists and curators, and Artadia grants the opportunity for these important discussions." Bedford, Ryan and Wagner selected Larissa Bates, Ria Brodell, and Lucy Kim from the finalist pool based on the outstanding merit of their work, the singularity of their artistic voices and the rigor employed in their artistic practices. Larissa Bates’ intimately scaled paintings focus on themes of masculinity, cultural identity, and social performance. Ria Brodell uses the format of traditional Catholic holy cards to present detailed renderings of people who chose to live outside of traditional female gender roles. Lucy Kim combines sculptural relief and painting to disrupt normal modes of perception and figuration.
Congratulations to the Awardees!