Artadia, a New York-based nonprofit organization that supports early-career visual artists across the country with unrestricted grants, has named the 2022 recipients of its awards in Los Angeles: Dana Washington-Queen, Miller Robinson and Esteban Ramon Perez.
Dana Washington-Queen, photographer and videographer, was selected as the winner of the Marciano Art Foundation Artdia Awardee, which offers a cash prize of $25,000; Robinson, who creates paintings, sculptures and more, will receive $10,000 in Capital Group funds; and visual artist Ramón Pérez is the recipient of the Angeles Art Fund’s $10,000 Artadia Prize. In addition to the cash prizes, Artadia will provide each winner with networking opportunities with arts professionals.
The three winners were among six finalists selected through an open nationwide call. Each finalist received studio visits from a jury consisting of Jennifer King, curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Christina Yang, chief curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
In a statement, King said, “The three winners, Esteban Ramón Pérez, Miller Robinson and Dana Washington-Queen, do timely and compelling work. I appreciate that Artadia creates space to engage in meaningful dialogue through the jury process; the conversations with the six finalists, as well as my fellow juror Christina Yang, have been particularly insightful at a time when the opportunity to learn from others seems more important than ever.
Artadia’s extensive grant programs provide direct assistance to artists living in various US cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Francisco, where it was founded in 1999. Since its inception, Artadia has distributed over $5 million. to more than 350 artists. In February, the organization reinstated its annual artist grants program in Boston, with applications opening Aug. 15.