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July 23, 2014From: Provincetown Art Association And Museum
Provincetown, MA - The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) congratulates the 2014 Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant recipients Stephanie London of Glendale, CA; Changha Hwang of New York, NY; Santiago Hernandez of Medford, MA; Susan Jamison of Roanoke, VA; and Daniel Bodner of Provincetown, MA. In addition to cash awards totaling $35,000, the recipients will be featured in an exhibition at PAAM in the fall of 2015.
The Grant Review Committee recognized their talent as artists, as well as their ability to greatly benefit from this grant. This year we awarded five awards out of nearly five hundred applicants.
Applicants hailed from 34 states and four countries, ranged in age from 45 to 84, and were 63% female and 37% male.
Santiago Hernandez is currently an adjunct professor at Lesley University College of Art and Design and Wheaton College. His paintings often combine acrylic, oil and spray paints on canvas. His imagery "alludes to architectural forms and spaces" and he credits inspiration from classical and jazz music. Since 1992 Hernandez has lived and worked in Boston.
Daniel Bodner began painting in the mid-1980s at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and continued studying at the Art Students League in New York with a focus on the human figure. In 2005 his focus shifted to the depiction of light as it describes or sometimes obliterates space and figures. He replaced abstract space with urban landscapes that appear more realistic, but are often distorted or abstracted by light.
Susan Jamison is a visual artist who paints in egg tempera that focus on female forms and subject matter as well as the outdoors, a love of which was passed down from her mother. Jamison now makes her home in Roanoke, Virginia nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains where bears are known to walk through city neighborhoods and there is a giant neon star on the mountain overlooking downtown.
While Changha Hwang's acrylics on canvas have previously ranged in size up to 252" inches, they are now being limited by the actual physical space of his artist studio. He creates intense grids with complex, color-saturated layers. Born in Seoul, Korea in 1969, Hwang received his BFA in Painting from Parsons School of Design and his MFA in Painting from Hunger College City University of New York. He currently lives and works in New York.
Stephanie London seeks to create intimate, calming moments out of chaotic daily life in her small still lifes and landscapes of oil on linen. As a practicing Buddhist, her paintings reflect her meditations on relationships and existence. London lives and works in Glendale, CA.
This year's panel of jurors was comprised of: Marshall Price, the Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; Faye Hirsch, Editor at Large at Art in America; and Shellburne Thurber, an internationally known artist, who recently was awarded a fellowship from the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site.
Each year, a new committee is formed to help select the next grant recipients. Jurors are invited to participate based on their expertise in the art field, and are a mix of nationally renowned artists, art historians and curators.
The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant is awarded annually to American painters aged 45 or older who demonstrate financial need. The primary emphasis is to promote public awareness and a commitment to American art, as well as encouraging interest in artists who lack adequate recognition. We strive to attract the best under recognized painters in the country.
The Grant applications are available on-line at www.paam.org. The review criteria for the grant are artistic quality, creative ability as evidenced by images of work submitted, and financial need. Full details of the Grant's eligibility requirements and other information are posted on the PAAM website. We are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to give away $30,000 annually, and could not do it without the support and knowledge of our reviewers.
Applications for 2015 will be available online by September 1, 2014.