MAY 19, 2008


New York, NY—Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is very pleased to present the Artadia Awards to 10 artists living and working in Houston, Texas. For three intensive days (May 15-17), three internationally prominent jurors — Franklin Sirmans (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Menil Collection), Jennifer Gross (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Yale University), and Christopher Eamon (Curator, Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection and Executive Director, New Art Trust) — conducted studio visits with 15 short-listed artists drawn from over 200 applicants throughout Harris County, Texas. The awards range from $15,000 to $1,500.

The recipients of the Artadia Awards 2008 Houston at the $15,000 level are Delilah Montoya, Katrina Moorhead, and Floyd Newsum, Jr. The seven recipients of $1,500 awards are Mequitta Ahuja, Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Katy Heinlein, Lauren Kelley, El Franco Lee II, Lynne McCabe, and Stephanie Toppin.

Christopher Vroom, Artadia Founder and Board President, says about Artadia’s Houston Awards program: “It is particularly gratifying to be a part of Houston’s vibrant cultural community at a time of vigorous civic debate. The artists selected for this year’s Artadia Awards exemplify the diversity of artistic practice and perspective that makes ours a great society. They underscore the varied roles that artists play in our communities—their practice, their viewpoint, and their deep engagement in civic and educational life not only help us see the world in new ways but make us want to be involved in a positive way.”

Applications for the Artadia Awards were open to visual artists in all media at any stage of their career who are working and living in Harris County. The application was available online for three months, January 15 – May 15, 2008. The three first round jurors — Franklin Sirmans, Sue de Beer (artist, New York and Berlin), and Mark Bessire (Director, Bates College Museum of Art) — reviewed a regional record number of 210 applications and selected the finalists in New York in mid-April.

Artadia has long-standing close relationships with the local foundations and private patrons of the arts who recognize the importance of unrestricted funding to visual artists at the local level. Houston partners include DiverseWorks Artspace, which has hosted the Artadia Awards exhibitions in the past, as well as the Lawndale Center for the Arts, where Artadia held this year’s well-attended information session in February. The Artadia Awards 2008 Houston are generously supported by the Houston Endowment, Inc., numerous generous individuals, and the Artadia Board. In addition to Houston, Artadia administers successful programs and awards in Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago.

Artadia Awards 2008 Houston

Awards of $15,000

Delilah Montoya

Jackie Chavez, 2006
Ultra chrome on Hahnemuhle, 35” x 26”

Katrina Moorhead

Draumalandid, RedGreenBluePeony, 2007
Mixed media, 30” x 60” x 60”

Floyd Newsum, Jr.

Fracture Landscape in Red, 2005
Acrylic and oil stick, 78” x 120”


Awards of $1,500

Mequitta Ahuja

Off The Edge, 2008
Oil on canvas, 96” x 72”

Dawolu Jabari Anderson

The Evangelist, 2005
Latex, acrylic, ink on paper, 72” x 48”

Katy Heinlein

Untitled, 2006
Cloth and wood, 28” x 40” x 60”


Lauren Kelley

Big Gurl
Still from stop motion animation, duration: 6:88 min


El Franco Lee II

Lil Flip vs. TI, 2006
Acrylic on canvas, 36” x 48”


Lynne McCabe

Caledonian Institute for the Study of Interpersonal Relationships presents, a series of intimate exchanges hosted by Lynne McCabe, 2002
People, video, ephemera


Stephanie Toppin

Reach, 2007
Collage on paper, 12” x 10”


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