The Finalists will each receive virtual studio visits with second-round jurors, who will ultimately select three artists to receive $10,000 unrestricted funds. This year’s Finalists jurors were Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, Francois Billion Richardson curator of African Art, New Orleans Museum of Art; and Marcela Guerrero, Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Kim Nguyen, Curator, CCA Wattis, San Francisco. The 2021 New York Artadia Awards are generously supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, as well as the Artadia Board of Directors, Artadia Council Members, and individual donors across the country.
Of the process, Ndubuisi notes, “It was an honor to be part of the jury this year, I was amazed at the creative output of the participating artists. The finalist’s works are the reflection of their ability to engage, and push the boundary of their art.”
Of the Finalists, Marcela states “As one of the jurors of the first round of the New York Artadia Award, I was humbled by the sheer amount of deserving artists competing for this prestigious award. In the end, my fellow jurors and I selected six finalists whose art practices reflect the perfect combination of innovation and justice that is so necessary in these times.”
The 2021 New York Artadia Award application was open to visual artists working in any visual media, at any stage in their career, who have been living and working within the five Boroughs: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens for a minimum of two years.