CF Announces 2017 Award Recipients

Contemporary Forum announced the 2017 Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award Recipient and the 2017 Artists Grants Recipients at a special Awards Presentation at Phoenix Art Museum on June 7th.

The 2017 Artist Award Recipient is Matt Magee.

The recipient is selected from a pool of eligible candidates whose work demonstrates artistic excellent, is presently making and exhibiting new work, has demonstrated significant growth in their work over their career, and is a resident of Arizona for a minimum of four consecutive years.  Only CF members may nominate an artist for this prestigious award.

Mr. Magee received a $5000 cash award, and his work will be exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum in Spring 2018.  Matt Magee will also be the featured speaker at the 2018 Awards Presentation.

This award is made possible through the Arlene and Morton Scult Endowment.  Recently established, this award has been presented to 9 mid-career artists totaling $45,000.

The 2017 Artists Grants Recipients are Laura Spalding Best, Jennifer Day, Casey Farina, and Christopher Jagmin.

The Artists Grants competition awards up to five grants to emerging Arizona artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, new media, performance, photography or video. The grant is intended to provide recognition and financial support for emerging professional artists focused on establishing their art career.  They are artists who have recently completed degree programs, whose work has been shown in Arizona but not extensively outside the state, returning to art-making after a hiatus, or artists whose work has recently undergone a significant change in direction.  Each recipient received a $2000 grant and their work will be exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum in Spring 2018.

These grants are made possible through the Nathan Cummings Foundation Endowment and funds from Contemporary Forum.  Established in 1986, the Artists Grants Program has awarded 179 grants to emerging artists totaling over $223.000.


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