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ART PAPERS is partnering with arts organizations in the Atlanta area that recognize local artistic excellence through awards, prizes, residencies, and fellowships.


We are partnering with these organizations to raise awareness about the quality of work being produced in the Atlanta area, to introduce new artists to the auction and to collectors, and to shine a light on the good work being done by these organizations locally.


Throughout the gallery during the Auction, you will see artworks with designations indicating that the artist has been awarded a prize or residency by the following organizations.
+  Artadia
+  Atlanta Printmakers Studio
+  The Forward Arts Foundation
+  The Creatives Project
+  The Hudgens Center for the Arts
+  The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
+  WonderRoot





Artadia: The Fund for Art & Dialogue is a national non-profit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards and fosters connections to a network of opportunities. We recognize artistic excellence in cities throughout the United States and introduce local communities to the international art conversation. In the past 15 years, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 285 artists throughout its participating award cities of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Over 20,000 artists have applied for the Artadia Awards program.


By providing artists with significant, unrestricted financial awards ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, and ongoing assistance through out their careers, Artadia establishes a strong incentive to support artistic excellence. Additionally, continued support is achieved through close collaborations with its host cities to create exhibition opportunities for artists, arrange studio visits with local as well as national curators, source residency programs, and make introductions in the field.


As one of the few organizations to operate on both a local and national level, Artadia is in a unique position to create sustainable fiscal and social change for artists. In addition to its ongoing award cycles, Artadia activates its unique network of artist services and support through national partnerships, as well as its own residency program at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn and a national award program with the New Art Dealer’s Alliance in New York and Miami. The Artadia/NADA award helps bring recognition to artists who are shown at one of the most visited national art fairs in the world.


Participating Artists:
Paul Stephen Benjamin / Robbie Land / Lauri Stallings



Atlanta Printmakers Studio


Atlanta Printmakers Studio is a non-profit community printmaking studio located in the historic West End neighborhood just minutes from downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 2005 to promote the fine art of printmaking, the studio offers access to a well-equipped studio and diverse educational programs that foster the development of printmaking as a vibrant and progressive art form. 


Each year APS provides the community with a variety of experiences such as classes, workshops, residencies, internships and exhibitions. In addition to activities in the studio, APS offers a continuing calendar of outreach events to serve the local community. We welcome all artists and the general public to join us in creating, learning about, and collecting fine art prints. 


Atlanta Printmakers Studio's annual Emerging Artist Residency program was established in 2009 to provide emerging artists with the resources necessary for completing a printmaking project of their proposal, as well as an opportunity for professional development. The residency offers the artists a unique opportunity to work with practicing artists of varied backgrounds and offering diverse skills. 


Included is access to the APS studio for up to six months, a year's membership, a free class, personal mentoring, and a materials stipend of $600. Up to three winning artists are chosen each year based on the concept and feasibility of their proposals. 


Participating Artists:
Stephen Nunez / Saira Raza / Stacie Rose



The Forward Arts Foundation


The Forward Arts Foundation has been funding the arts in Atlanta since the organization's founding in 1965. In 1999, concern over the dwindling support of public funding for individual artists in the greater Atlanta area prompted the initiation of The Emerging Artist Award.


The Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award is presented each year to a talented Atlanta artist who has had no major solo show and is not connected with a commercial gallery. Selected by a committee of art professionals, the Emerging Artist Award recipients gain visibility and credibility for their work. The top honoree receives $10,000 and a solo exhibit at the Swan Coach House Gallery. Additionally, four finalists each receive a $2,000 award and are invited to show one of their current works in the exhibition.


The Emerging Artist Award Exhibition, featuring 2014-15 winner Amandine Drouet, will be held at the Swan Coach House Gallery from April 16 – May 27, 2015. The Swan Coach House Gallery, a non-profit entity, promotes and supports the visual arts in Georgia and the Southeast region. Presenting artwork by established and emerging talent, the gallery presents a rotating schedule of exhibitions, with Marianne Lambert as the main curator. Mediums include painting, sculpture, photography, ceramic and fiber. All exhibitions, opening night receptions and educational programs at the Swan Coach House Gallery are free and open to the public, and all works of art are for sale. 


Forward Arts Foundation 2014-15 Emerging Artist Award Winner: Amandine Drouet


Forward Arts Foundation 2014-15 Emerging Artist Award finalists:
Jessica Caldas, Chris Chambers, Henry Detweiler, Chantelle Rytter





MINT is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer run arts organization dedicated to cultivating a stronger arts community in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. We engage emerging artists, patrons, and creative professionals by providing studio and exhibition space, curatorial opportunities, workshops and classes, conferences, and other resources. MINT believes that through these programs we foster a generous spirit, strengthen the regional economy, and enrich the creative community. 


Leap Year, our emerging artist program, supports our mission by providing three artists with studio space, two mentors, a stipend, and a residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. Additionally, these artists are provided with opportunities for public art and community service along with relevant workshops and memberships to further their artistic practice. 


Participating Artists:
Curtis Ames / Matthew Rosenfeld / Hez Stalcup



The Creatives Project


The Creatives Project (TCP)'s mission is to enrich and strengthen the local community through quality arts-based education and outreach, while celebrating and elevating the city's visual and performing artists. Through the Creative Community Housing Project (CCHP), our Artist-In-Residency program, we support the day-to-day lives of creative individuals, offering financial and promotional aid while nurturing the arts eco-system through arts education service. As Atlanta's only Arts organization to offer subsided housing, our residency also provides studio space and exhibition space for a two-year period. In exchange, each CCHP resident gives back to their local community through our Community Arts Program (CAP). Through CAP, The Creatives Project provides students, teachers, and communities direct hands-on arts experiences and personal interaction with artists. 


Participating Artists:
Namwon Choi / Megan Mosholder / Spencer Murrill



The Hudgens Center for Arts


The Hudgens Center for Arts is a non-profit organization that has been focused on the arts since its establishment in 1981. The Hudgens' mission is to bring art lovers, leaders and learners together through quality programs and exhibits. That mission is accomplished through visual arts initiatives, such as year round fine art exhibits and classes for all ages, and community arts initiatives, which reach out to underserved populations.


The Hudgens Prize is one of the largest art awards given in the entire nation, with a stunning cash award of $50,000 and an invitation for a solo exhibition for one artist. The competition is open only to Georgia residents.


Participating 2014–2015 Hudgens Prize Finalists:
Scott Ingram



The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia


The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) collects and archives significant, contemporary works by the artists of the state of Georgia. To place our artists in a global context, the Museum's exhibitions include Georgia artists and artists from around the world. Our programs promote the visual arts by creating a forum for active interchange between artists and the community. The Working Artist Project (WAP) is a fellowship program to support established visual artists of merit who reside in the metropolitan Atlanta area. This initiative provides an unparalleled level of support for individual artists, expands the Museum's mission, and promotes Atlanta as a city where artists can live, work, and thrive. Each year a guest juror selects three visual artists. Representing our city's best and brightest; these artists are supported with an exhibition, a studio apprentice, and a major stipend to create work over the course of the year. WAP is supported in large part by a grant from The Charles Loridans Foundation with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Participating Artists:
Jonathan Bouknight / Sarah Emerson





WonderRoot is an Atlanta-based nonprofit arts and service organization with a mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change. WonderRoot supports artists to have working careers in Atlanta while addressing social, environmental, health and youth development issues through community-based arts projects. 


The Walthall Artist Fellowship is a year-long career development program for artists at pivotal stages in their careers. Providing participants with professional training, mentorship, a community of peers, and access to individuals and institutions that can affect their trajectory as artists, the Walthall Artist Fellowship seeks to forever impact the fellows by helping them to advance and define the careers in Atlanta.


Participating Artists:
Steven L. Anderson / Molly Rose Freeman / Casey Lynch / Romy Maloon / Masud Olufani / Eric Palovick / P. Seth Thompson

ART PAPERS 16th Annual Art Auction
Collector's Preview: Friday, Feb 20, 7-9 pm
Auction & Party: Saturday, Feb 21, 7-10 pm

at Bobo Intriguing Objects
1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW Atlanta