Details at Lawndale tonight

Artadia is looking for a few great Houston artists

Artadia is looking for a few great Houston artists

Attention Houston artists: Artadia wants you.

Founded in 1997 by investment banker and art collector Christopher E. Vroom, Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialoque gives cash awards to artists in cities with active arts communities, such as Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and Houston. Since its inception, $2 million has been given in cash awards.

Artadia's Executive Director Lila Kanner and Program Manager Ute Zimmermann will be at Lawndale Art Center tonight at 6 p.m. to answer questions about the awards program. Online applications close on March 1. Individual artists and collectives can apply and artists at any stage in their career are considered.

"This is a great chance for Houston artists to get their work seen and they should take advantage of it," Zimmermann says. "There are no restrictions, you don't need to be a certain age and it's free to apply."

Last year Artadia received a record number of applications and hopes to encourage more Houston artists to apply this year.

"The presence of so many great artists, non-profits and cultural institutions make Houston one of the most vibrant cities in the country," says Kanner. "We are deeply honored to have worked in this community since 2003."

The Artadia selection process includes a 45-minute studio visit for the 15 finalists. Two awards of $15,000 and five of $3,000 will be distributed to Houston artists. Past awardees include such notable Houston artists as Floyd E. Newsum Jr., Amy Blakemore, The Art Guys, Francesca Fuchs (winner of the 2006 Hunting Art  Price), Trenton Doyle Hancock, and Robyn O'Neil (winner of the 2009 Hunting Art  Prize). The complete list of Houston awardees is here.

Support for Artadia in Houston is provided by the Houston Endowment and several individuals. The session is free and open to the public.

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From the Ghost Series by Floyd Newsum, 55x67 acrylic and oilstick on paper Courtesy of Floyd Newsum
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"Jane's Apron" from Ghost Series by Floyd Newsum Courtesy of Floyd Newsum