October 2, 2017
Ford Foundation Awards $1.5 M. to ‘Art of Change’ Fellowships for Work on Freedom and Justice
ArtNews, 10/02/2017
Robin Scher


Ford Foundation Awards $1.5 M. to ‘Art of Change’ Fellowships for Work on Freedom and Justice
ArtNews, 10/02/2017
Robin Scher

The Ford Foundation has selected artists to support through its Art of Change fellowship program, which focuses on work by socially progressive artists. Recipients of the 25 fellowships receive $50,000 (or $75,000 for collectives) in unrestricted funds to create artwork to “help advance freedom, justice, and inclusion, and strengthen our democracy,” according to an announcement. The work will be exhibited at a showcase in late 2018.

Among the recipients of this year’s awards are the filmmaker Ava Duvernay, composer Mohammed Fairouz, and the multidisciplinary arts collective Postcommodity. In a statement, the Ford Foundation’s director, Elizabeth Alexander, characterized the fellows as “an extraordinarily diverse group of brilliant artists and innovators whose works embody social justice and enables them to come together and collaborate toward a more just and inclusive future.”

The full list of 25 fellows follows below.

Luis Alfaro
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Camille A. Brown
P. Carl
Ping Chong
Sandra Cisneros
Edwidge Danticat
Michelle Dorrance
Gustavo Dudamel
Ava DuVernay
Mohammed Fairouz
Nikky Finney
Joy Harjo
Samuel Hoi
Robin Coste Lewis
Deborah Luster
Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran
Dominique Morisseau
Mira Nair
Las Nietas de Nonó
Lori Pourier
Esperanza Spalding
Carlton Turner
Fred Wilson

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January 17, 2017
Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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