New York, NY - The exceptional range of artists living and working in Houston was evident as three prominent panelists selected the 10 finalists for the Artadia Awards 2012 Houston. Panelists Michelle White, Curator, The Menil Collection, Houston; Margot Norton, Curatorial Associate, the New Museum, New York; and N. Dash, artist, New York named the finalists out of over 200 applications received for the sixth cycle of Artadia Awards in Houston.

The 10 Finalists for the Artadia Awards 2012 Houston are: Michael Bise, Jillian Conrad, Bill Davenport, Francesca Fuchs, Jang soon Im, Rosine Kouamen, Seth Mittag, Linda Post, Kaneem Smith, and Carl Suddath.

First-round panelist Margot Norton said of the process, "I was inspired by the impressive range of work by the Houston applicants and appreciated the chance to come in contact with excellent and thought-provoking work I would not easily gain access to in New York. I felt privileged to participate in this program, which embodies Artadia's mission to foster the development of artists on both a local and a national level. The sensitivity and foresight of Artadia in providing valuable opportunities for emerging artists in Houston and across the US is to be commended."

Applications for the Artadia Awards were open to visual artists in all media and at any stage of their career working and living in Harris County. The application was available online for two months from August 1 to September 24, 2012.

Fellow juror N. Dash added, "As an artist working in the United States, I have a full understanding of the absolute importance of unrestricted grants. Artadia's mission is both valuable and pressing-especially-at a time when artists receive such scarce funding. Personally, it was a rewarding experience to become acquainted with the Houston art community. I discovered engaging and dynamic projects by artists whose work I look forward to seeing again. I am very happy that this diverse group will receive Artadia's support."

Later this month Michelle White will be joined by Patrick Charpenel, Director, Jumex Foundation/Collection, Mexico City, MX; and Naima Keith, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum, New York in Houston for the final-jury studio visits with the 10 finalists Tuesday, October 16th and Wednesday, October 17th. The jury will then select five Artadia Awardees for two awards of $15,000 and three awards of $5,000.

Additionally, Artadia is pleased to partner with Texas Contemporary art fair for the awards cycle: In conjunction with the final round, works by the finalists will be on view at the Artadia booth SP19 at Texas Contemporary October 19-23, 2012. The Artadia booth is being curated by Dennis Nance, Exhibitions and Programming Director, Lawndale Art Center, Houston.

Artadia will announce the awardees at the fair on Friday, October 19th at 1 pm.

Visionary support for Artadia in Houston is provided by Houston Endowment, Inc., The Brown Foundation, Inc., and many generous individuals in Houston who share a deep commitment to supporting the arts.

About Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue

Artadia supports visual artists with unrestricted awards and connections to a network of opportunities, while providing local communities with national exposure. By awarding significant financial awards to artists, Artadia establishes a strong new incentive to support artistic excellence. We embrace the local to become an integral part of communities, and we then help connect these communities to the national stage. Artadia was founded as The ArtCouncil in 1997 by investment banker and art collector Christopher E. Vroom. The first awards were given in San Francisco, where Vroom was living at the time. Chicago was added as a program city in 2001. In 2003, Artadia added Houston to its roster, Boston in 2007, and Atlanta in 2009. Once Artadia commits to a community, it runs the awards program and cosponsors public programs with a local institution. Started as an individual’s vision, Artadia’s base of support now includes private foundations, a national Board of Directors, a National Council, a Junior Council, and members who are active in supporting the core of creative culture: the individual artist.

Artadia Awards are determined through a rigorous jury process that employs nationally prominent curators, artists, and critics. Artadia partners with local foundations and individuals in the host cities to raise funds that go directly to artists in that community. Artadia matches those contributions by providing the funds that administer the program. Once an artist receives an Artadia Award, he or she becomes part of a national network of lifetime support.

In 2009, Artadia launched a New York Artist Residency program, which brings Artadia Awardees from each of its program cities to New York for a three-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn. This groundbreaking addition to Artadia’s commitment to individual artists is the first of its kind in New York City for US-based visual artists and is supported by the National Endowment for Arts (NEA). In 2010, Artadia launched a publications program and an Exhibitions Exchange program that shows Awardees from one partner city in another, offering Awardees crucial exposure outside of their local communities. Artadia also presents events in New York and Miami, which intend to not only demonstrate the tremendous creativity in partner communities, but also facilitate exchange and dialogue nationwide. Most recently, Artadia inaugurated an exhibitions space in New York to provide a platform for awardees to present their work in New York.

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