Exhibition Details

Location: Marshall and Hendler galleries
Dates: May 23, 2018
to November 4, 2018

From May 23 through November 4, 2018, Phoenix Art Museum will present an exhibition of Contemporary Forum’s 2017 award and grants recipients. Contemporary Forum, a support group of Phoenix Art Museum, offers two significant opportunities for artist recognition each year: the Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award, which recognizes a mid-career Arizona artist who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to their chosen medium, continuous artistic growth, and consistent artistic production; and the Artists’ Grants, which encourage emerging contemporary artists in Arizona. The upcoming exhibition will feature a mid-career survey of the Scult Award recipient’s work, as well as work by the Artists’ Grants recipients created expressly for this exhibition. 
The exhibition will feature work by Matt Magee, the 2017 recipient of the Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award. This award recognizes a mid-career Arizona artist, chosen from a pool of eligible candidates. Award recipients are chosen on the basis of the following criteria:
The artist has been working as a professional artist in Arizona for a minimum of four (4) consecutive years,
Is presently making and exhibiting new work,
Has demonstrated significant artistic growth over the course of their career, 
And will be chosen based on the work they are currently producing, in addition to work that they have produced in the past.
Working in painting, drawing, sculpture, and assemblage, Magee creates art that responds to earlier abstractionists but also references current scientific, ecological, and technological advancements. He is attuned to language and has dedicated entire works to a single phrase or word, creating a unique exploration of meaning in a symbolic—almost hieroglyphic—visual format. Green Standard, Magee’s 2007 tapestry-like assemblage of cut-up detergent bottles, is exemplary of the artist’s multidisciplinary approach, as it melds high formalism and social responsibility.
Matt Magee
This exhibition will also feature work by the 2017 Artists’ Grants recipients: Laura Spalding Best, Jennifer Day, Casey Farina, and Christopher Jagmin. The 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. 

From left to right: Christopher Jagmin, Laura Spalding Best, Casey Farina, Jennifer Day.
Contemporary Forum is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Artists’ Grants. Applications are due on April 27, 2018, and a panel of qualified judges will select the recipients. The selection committee will award up to five grants of $2,000 each. The grants are intended to provide recognition and financial support for emerging professional artists focused on establishing their careers. For more details, please visit our event calendar here
Submit applications to bit.ly/CFCall2018. Please email support-cf@phxart.org with any questions.
May 23 | 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of the 2018 Contemporary Forum exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum, and meet the artists in person! 
Join us for an exclusive lecture by Matt Magee, the 2017 Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award recipient. Following the lecture, the 2018 winners of the Contemporary Forum Artists’ Grants and the Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award will be announced!
Sponsored by Fennemore Craig, P.C.

About the Exhibition

The Contemporary Forum Artists’ Grants Winners and Arlene and Morton Scult Artist Award Exhibition will be on view from May 23 through November 4 in the Marshall and Hendler galleries. This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and made possible through the generosity of Arlene and Morton Scult, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Contemporary Forum.


Admission is free for Phoenix Art Museum Members, past and present members of the Military and youth aged 5 and under; included with general admission. Not a Member yet? Join here!
This exhibition is offered to the general public for free during voluntary donation, free-access hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the First Friday of each month, and the second weekend of each month from 10am–5pm on Saturday and noon–5 pm on Sunday.
Interested in coming as a group? For group sales information, click here. 

Press Information

Media Images: Download here
Press Release: Download here
Media Contact: Margaree Bigler, Public Relations Manager, margaree.bigler@phxart.org

Image Credits

Header: Matt Magee, Star Map 1 and 2, 2018. Oil and graphite on panels. Courtesy of the artist.