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2010 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalists

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An exhibition of the remaining semifinalists’ work will be shown during the Artscape weekend in the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries of MICA, located at 1303 W. Mount Royal Avenue. Artscape takes place July 16-18, 2010.

JANET & WALTER SONDHEIM ARTSCAPE PRIZE SEMIFINALISTS
Alzaruba, Baltimore, MD
Christine Bailey, Baltimore, MD
Kathryn Bell, Baltimore, MD
Amita Bhatt, Baltimore, MD
Travis Childers, Fairfax, VA
Leah Cooper, Baltimore, MD
Brent Crothers, Bel Air, MD
Oletha DeVane, Ellicott City, MD
Annie Farrar, Baltimore, MD
Shaun Flynn, Baltimore, MD
Dawn Gavin, Baltimore, MD
Breon Gilleran, Baltimore, MD
Amy Glengary Yang, Washington, DC
Ryan Hackett, Kensington, MD
Michelle Hagewood, Baltimore, MD
Matthew Janson, Baltimore, MD
Evan La Londe, Baltimore, MD
Nate Larson, Baltimore, MD
Lawrence Lee, Baltimore, MD
Kim Manfredi, Baltimore, MD
Ben Marcin, Baltimore, MD
Christina Martinelli, Baltimore, MD
Sebastian Martorana, Baltimore, MD
Alexa Meade, Chevy Chase, MD
Maggie Michael, Washington, DC
Ledelle Moe, Baltimore, MD
Cory Oberndorfer, Washington, DC
Matthew Porterfield, Baltimore, MD
Siobhan Rigg, Washington, DC
Michael Sylvan Robinson, Baltimore, MD
Rachel Rotenberg, Baltimore, MD
Adam T. Rush, Baltimore, MD
Christopher Saah, Washington, DC
Hadieh Shafie, Baltimore, MD
Dan Steinhilber, Washington, DC
Melissa Webb, Baltimore, MD
Karen Yasinsky, Baltimore, MD

This year’s jurors are Robert Nickas, Magdalena Sawon and Hamza Walker. Robert Nickas is an independent New York-based curator, writer and art critic; who over the past 25 years has organized more than 80 exhibitions that have been shown in museums and galleries throughout the world. Responsible for Aperto at the Venice Biennale in 1993 and the 2003 Biennale de Lyon, his most recent exhibition Cave Paintings premiered in July in Berlin at PSM Gallery, and was produced in October and November in New York by Grisham’s Ghost at 511 West 25th Street in Manhattan. This exhibition is an accompaniment to his latest book, Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting (October 2009); a remarkable volume that highlights the current work of 80 contemporary artists. A regular contributor to Artforum and a founding editor of Index magazine, he has also authored countless essays in exhibition catalogues and artists’ monographs. His other books include two collections of his writings, Live Free or Die (2000) and Theft is Vision (2007). From 2003 to 2006, he served as curatorial advisor at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York.

Magdalena Sawon is the owner and director of Postmasters Gallery in New York. Begun in December 1984 in the East Village, Postmasters Gallery relocated to Soho in 1989, and moved to its current 4,000 sq. ft. ground floor space in Chelsea in September 1998. Postmasters Gallery is one of the few commercial galleries that actively seeks both young and established artists working with new technologies to create their work. This emphasis began with their, at the time, unique and now seminal exhibition in 1996, Can you digit?; which was comprised of approximately 30 monitors arranged in a boat-like shape, each showing a singular digital work. Along with artists working in video and new media, Postmasters Gallery’s current roster of artists includes those working in painting, sculpture and installation. Ms. Sawon has also served on Rhizome’s Board of Directors from 2002 until 2005, a New York-based organization whose mission is to support the creation, presentation, preservation and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage new technologies.

Hamza Walker, who grew up in Baltimore, has been the director of education and associate curator of the Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, a non-collecting museum devoted to contemporary art, since 1994. Prior to his current position, he held the post of public art coordinator in Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs. His curatorial projects include the exhibitions Several Silences; Black Is, Black Ain’t; Meanwhile in Bagdad; All the Pretty Corpses; A Perfect Union…More or Less and New Video, New Europe, among several others. He has written for the journals Trans, New Art Examiner, Parkett and Artforum; as well as contributed catalogue essays for several artists including Rebecca Morris, Thomas Hirschhorn and Katharina Grosse. He was the recipient of the 1999 Norton Curatorial Grant, the Menil Collection’s 2005 Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement, and is one of two winners of the New Museum’s 2010 Ordway Prize. He is among the graduate faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently on the board of The Chicago Public Art Group.

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