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Announcing The 2013 Joyce Award Winners

February 4, 2013 01:30 PM
 

10th Anniversary of Joyce Awards to Celebrate Bold, New Art Projects in the Great Lakes Region.

Four Winners Illustrate the Joyce Foundation’s Commitment to Commissioning New Work from Artists of Color

Chicago, Ill. – The Joyce Foundation today announced recipients of the 2013 Joyce Awards, a prestigious honor that commissions new works from artists of color. Each artist and nonprofit organization will receive a $50,000 award to support their project and the process of engaging people in its creation.  Winners were selected on the merit of their artistic idea, the quality of their body of work, and an artistic process that offers opportunities for innovative community interaction. Joyce Award winners will present works that challenge and engage surrounding communities. Winners’ projects will take place in Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and will join 10 years of winners spanning six states, energizing new audiences and yielding 35 new works of art.

2013 Winners include:

  • Reginald Baylor is collaborating with Art Milwaukee to present TypeFace, a series of outdoor paintings affixed to boarded-up abandoned homes, store fronts and buildings in some of Milwaukee's most blighted neighborhoods.  Beginning in October 2013, Baylor will collect community-generated stories and then make new paintings reflective of community dialogue. A website has been created to digitally document every step of the creative process, from community engagement to production of the final works.
  • Emily Johnson is collaborating with University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium to present SHORE, the third and final work in a trilogy of Johnson’s performances.  This multi-day event integrates dance, storytelling, volunteerism and a shared feast blending native traditions and contemporary dance. The work is timed to coincide with the Dance/USA conference and the grand re-opening of the university’s state-of-the-art auditorium in June 2014.
  • Seitu Jones is collaborating with Public Art Saint Paul to present The Community Meal, a dinner stretching a half-mile-long across the city of St. Paul where 2,000 participants will dine. Exploring ideas of food desserts, consumption, marketing and production of food, this happening aims to bring people together for dynamic dialogue and exchange.  With support of local urban farmers, restaurants, chefs and featuring performances of spoken word artists, the meal will take place in September 2014 and will be the culmination of Jones’ yearlong "listening project" with residents within the St. Paul area.

Additional information on each artist and their project is available at the Joyce Foundation’s website where artists and art institutions are invited to learn more and network with their peers in the field. Additionally, in celebration of ten years of the awards, the Foundation has created a video showing how the commissions received by previous artists have come to life over the years. Watch the trailer below.

The 2013 artists are the first to receive the awards under revised criteria, meaning that their art can take place anywhere and use any media. Additionally, artists may choose to collaborate with any non-profit group, not just art institutions.“We hoped our new requirements would not only continue to expand our applicant pool, but ensure that these awards follow the lead of artists who are working in more cross-disciplinary ways both inside and outside of traditional art spaces,” explained Angelique Power, The Joyce Foundation’s Senior Program Officer for Culture.  “We are thrilled to announce this years’ recipients and to follow their process from idea to realization."

Since 2003 the Joyce Awards have awarded a spectrum of important projects from leading artists and institutions throughout the Midwest.  The past ten years include works from Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, iona rozeal brown, Bill T Jones, Luis Alfaro, Ali Momeni and others. "The Joyce Awards cultivate and support artists to help shape critical dialogues and engage diverse communities in the process," said Ellen Alberding, President of The Joyce Foundation. "We are proud to help bring these mighty projects to life."

About the Joyce Foundation: The Joyce Foundation supports policies that improve the quality of life for people in the Great Lakes region and that can serve as models for the country. Our efforts are focused on addressing today’s most pressing problems while also shaping the public policy decisions critical to achieving long-term solutionsand creating opportunity. The work is based on sound research and aimed at areas where we can add the most value. We encourage new, forward thinking and innovative approaches with a regional focus and the potential for a national reach.

The Joyce Foundation:Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit www.joycefdn.org.

 

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