Now in its fifth cycle, the Working Artist Project, supported by the Charles Loridans Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, provides each recipient with a $12,000 stipend, a studio assistant and a culminating solo exhibition. The program’s mission is to help make Atlanta a viable home for mid-career artists who might otherwise be forced to seek opportunities elsewhere.
Here’s a quick look at the winners.
Hughes, 31, has built a career here and abroad with a vivid palette, deft expressionist paint handling and a domestic intimacy that suggests lessons absorbed from the interiors by Howard Hodgkin and Henri Matisse, among others. The Atlanta native, who moved back home three years ago, is the co-founder of SeekATL, an organization that organizes art studio visits to encourage dialogue and community.
Moon’s sumptuous paintings on paper and vibrant installations fuse references to American and her native Korean pop culture, Asian landscape painting and calligraphy, and Abstract Expressionism. Her works are in the collections of such institutions as the Asia Society and Museum in New York, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington. She is represented in Atlanta by Saltworks gallery.
Taylor, 46, meditates on the destructive power of nature and the comcomitant fragility of man and the built environment in elegant, elegaic paintings that explore the fluid territory between abstraction and representation. The Atlanta-trained native of Biloxi, Mississippi, who is assistant professor of art at Kennesaw State University, is represented by Marcia Wood Gallery, which mounted “Firmanent,” her recent solo show.
This year’s Working Artist Project juror was Julie Rodrigues Widholm, who is Pamela Alper associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She selected the winners from a pool of some 60 applicants, basing her decision on the merits of their work, the maturity of their practice and their intention to use the grant as an opportunity to stretch and grow, as evidenced in the proposals submitted for their final exhibitions. The selection of three female painters was not intentional, Widholm said, and noted that, as a group, their work exemplifies the vitality of painting as a genre.
Widholm, who first visited Atlanta as an Artadia juror last year, said she’s impressed with the city’s artistic community. “There is clearly great depth and diversity in Atlanta’s artistic pool.”
Working Artist Project alumni include Larry Walker, Don Cooper, Danielle Roney, Matt Haffner, Marcia R. Cohen, Maria Artemis, Xie Caomin, Micah Stansell, Katherine Mitchell, Gregor Turk, Martha Whittington and Brian Dettmer. Turk’s exhibition, “Terminal Velocity,” runs through July 14 at MOCA GA. (See our review here.) Up next: Whittington’s “deus ex machina,” which opens July 28.
On our home page: “You Don’t Know I Can’t Tell You” by Shara Hughes.