Artadia Awards recognize three Bay Area visual artists with financial and institutional support


Artist portraits of Dana King Photo: Christophe Michel

Bay Area Sydney visual artists Cain, Terri Friedman and Dana King have been named as the three recipients of the 14th Annual San Francisco Artadia Awards.

The Artadia Prize, the New York granting foundation that annually funds artists in six major US cities, brings in $ 10,000 in unrestricted funds, as well as access to the network of artists, curators and collectors of the organization.

For King, the Oakland sculptor whose installation “Monumental Reckoning” was unveiled at Golden Gate Park in June, access to that network is at least as important as funding.

“As a sculptor I work on my own except for my 4.5 year old grandson who likes to help as a studio assistant. It makes me very happy, ”she told The Chronicle in a telephone interview. “But with ‘Monumental Reckoning’ I had a group of 12 women working with me, and it was something I had never experienced before. “

Money is welcome, she added – “I will use it to buy supplies and a new sculpture stand” – but the recognition of her work and access to a larger community of artists are more important.

“My job is to create black bodies in bronze in a way that I find rather subversive. The stories that have been told in the sculpture are Eurocentric in nature, and my mission is to tell the tale of African descendants in public, ”she explained. “I hope this will encourage other artists to tell our story as well.”

“The Arch of Bones, Part 1” by Sydney Cain Photo: Courtesy of Artadia

Cain, a multimedia artist from San Francisco, works on paper with graphite, powdered metals, lithography, dye and chalk. These materials, she says in an artist statement, “are transcendent emblems for the creation of myths. Over time, by reductively drawing, erasing and sculpting figures on powdered surfaces, like an archaeological work, figures and identities are revealed.

His personal exhibition “Refutations” is due to be inaugurated on October 20 at the Museum of the African Diaspora.

“I am thrilled with the money that will allow me to continue doing my job and creating work that is meaningful and hopefully healing for the world,” Cain said. “And maybe that is also a signal for other black people who are doing it to continue as well.”

Friedman works with colorful textiles to create what she calls “emergency somatic posters” and to “explore these places where political and emotional bodies intersect.”

“If only” by Terri Friedman Photo: Courtesy of Artadia

The three artists were selected from a group of six finalists that also included Rodney Ewing, Klea McKenna and MCXT Collective.

The award was presented by a jury made up of Monetta White, executive director of MoAD, and Wassan Al-Khudhairi, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Louis, Missouri.

The San Francisco Artadia Awards are open to visual artists working in any medium and who have resided for at least two years in any of the nine counties in the Bay Area.

Last year’s winners were Lava Thomas and Marcela Pardo Ariza.


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