Moderated by Elisabeth Sherman, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art
Featuring Artadia Awardees Claire Beckett (2009), Caleb Cole (2009), and Stephen Tourlentes (2007)
Caleb Cole and MassArt alumni Claire Beckett ’06 and Stephen Tourlentes ’88 create compelling and provocative work addressing identity, incarceration, and other sociopolitical topics, such as gender, race, and class issues. From photographic series showing teenage enlistees embarking on their military training, American converts to Islam, and the proliferation of prisons in the United States to invented portraits based on found clothing, each artist encourages viewers to question their presumptions and rethink cultural and social structures in the United States.
Artadia is a national non-pro t organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards and fosters connections to a network of opportunities. Recognizing artistic excellence in cities throughout the United States, Artadia introduces local communities to the international art conversation. In the past 19 years, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 300 artists throughout its participating award cities of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
Art & Dialogue is a national program designed to expand support for Artadia’s growing network of Awardees. Artadia currently supports over 300 Awardees working in a diverse array of disciplines. Developed through in-depth research of artists’ needs, Art & Dialogue bridges connections between visual artists, curators, and the public in its seven award cities through studio visits, public programs, and online engagement. This is the inaugural collaboration between Artadia and MassArt.