From September 19, 2020 to January 31, 2021, Ann Morton: A Violet Protest and the 2019 Friends of Contemporary Art Artists’ Grants Recipients exhibition showcases various works by the recipients of the 2019 Arlene and Morton Scult Artist Award and the Friends of Contemporary Art Artists’ Grants.
The Arlene and Morton Scult Artist Award recognizes a mid-career Arizona artist who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to their chosen medium, continuous artistic growth, and consistent artistic production, while the Artists’ Grants encourage emerging contemporary artists in Arizona.
Ann Morton: A Violet Protest
Known for her work using traditional fiber techniques as conceptual tools for aesthetic and social communication to examine society, Morton explores themes of assumed entitlements, homogenization, marginalization, and human obsolescence as social divides that have been accepted as normal cultural paradigms.
After a 35+ year professional career as a graphic/environmental graphic designer, Ann earned her MFA in 2012 from Arizona State University's Herberger Institute - School of Art, and has been an instructor at Arizona State University, Paradise Valley Community College and Mesa Community College. Currently, she is a practicing artist whose work has been shown nationally and internationally. Morton’s exhibition opens at #PhxArt on September 19, 2020.
2019 Friends of Contemporary Art Artists’ Grants Recipients:
Featuring the works by 2019 artists grants’ recipients Christina Gednalske, Danielle Hacche, Kimberly Lyle, Lena Klett, and Nazafarin Lofti, the Friends of Contemporary Art Artists’ Grants Recipients exhibition is the first ever all-women cohort of Grants’ Recipients. Gednalske uses video, writing, photography, painting, and performance to examine presence through body, memory, and space. Hacche’s geometric abstractions are made out of pastel and gouche and emphasize materiality and process by utilizing forms influenced by the German Bauhaus and Brutalist art movements of the twentieth century. Interdisciplinary work by Lyle challenges the boundaries between languages, human and machine, past and present, and each other through sound, sculpture, interactive electronics, and installation. Drawings, sculpture, and video by Klett explore how knowledge is formed – through intuition, interaction, and observation. By exploring opposition, tension, and harmony in spatial arrangements, Lofti's interdisciplinary practice creates places for possibility and growth.
About the Arlene and Morton Scult Artist Award
The Arlene and Morton Scult Artist Award recognizes a mid-career Arizona artist, and the recipient is chosen from a pool of candidates based on a number of criteria. Eligible candidates are artists who demonstrate artistic excellence through their work; are presently making and exhibiting new work; have demonstrated significant growth in their work over their careers, and have been residents of Arizona for a minimum of four consecutive years. The recipient is then selected based on the work they are currently producing, in addition to pieces they have created in the past.
About the Friends of Contemporary Art Artists' Grants
The Friends of Contemporary Art Artists’ Grants foster the creation of contemporary art by encouraging emerging artists working in Arizona. From a competitive pool of applicants who respond to an annual open call, Artists’ Grants recipients are selected by a jury.
Ann Morton: A Violet Protest and the 2019 Friends of Contemporary Art Artists’ Grants Recipients are organized by Phoenix Art Museum and made possible through the generosity of Arlene and Morton Scult and Phoenix Art Museum.