Each year, Contemporary Forum (CF) – a support organization of Phoenix Art Museum dedicated to the support and presentation of contemporary art – awards grants to emerging artists working in Arizona. The recipients are selected by a jury in a competitive process from a pool of applicants who respond to an annual open call. Funds are made available through the Nathan Cummings Foundation with matching funds from Contemporary Forum.
The work of the 2015 Contemporary Forum Artists Grant winners will be exhibited in conjunction with Saskia Jordá, the 2015 Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award recipient, in Harnett Gallery.
2015 Contemporary Forum Artists Grant Winners:
Claire A. Warden
Join us at the Museum on Wednesday, May 11 to celebrate the exhibition and meet the artists. Hear a lecture from the 2015 Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award recipient, Saskia Jordá, and witness the presentation of the 2016 winners of the Contemporary Forum Artists Grant Awards and the Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award.
More information on the Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award and the 2015 Award Recipient, Saskia Jordá:
Contemporary Forum (CF) has given the Mid-Career Artist award annually over the past few years. The award recognizes an Arizona artist whose work demonstrates a sustained degree of excellence and commitment. These efforts to recognize and support such artists are made stronger by Mr. and Mrs. Scult, who have made a generous endowment towards The Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award.
The Recipient is chosen by a jury from a competitive pool of candidates who are nominated by current CF members. The 2015 recipient of The Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award is Saskia Jordá. Her work will be on display in Harnett gallery, in conjunction with 2015 Contemporary Forum Artists Grant Winners at Phoenix Art Museum. Saskia Jordá (American, b. Venezuela) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses site-specific installation, soft sculpture, and drawing. Using iconic images that repeat as multiples, Saskia explores the idea of skin as a multi-layered artifact. The works included in this exhibition use the vocabulary of mapping and geography to further explore themes of mobility, home, and connection to place, often reflected through fictional landscapes and alternate terrains.
Image Credit: Saskia Jordá, Disputed Territories (detail), 2015. Photo courtesy of the artist.