Contemporary Forum 2014 Grant Winners Announced at Phoenix Art Museum

Courtesy of Colin Chillag
Colin Chillag's Desert Grave with Daily Schedule (2013-14) is oil on canvas 54 × 72 in.

Phoenix Art Museum director Jim Ballinger announced the 2014 Contemporary Forum grant winners at the museum on Wednesday, May 14, with French Thompson, Contemporary Forum's president.

See also: Phoenix Artist Bill Dambrova: 100 Creatives

Each year, Contemporary Forum awards $1,500 grants to emerging Phoenix artists who have made an impact on the city's contemporary art scene and $5,000 to one artist who has made an impact over an extended period of time.

The 2014 artist grant recipients are Kerstin Dale, Bill Dambrova, Karen Hymer, Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars, Hyunji Lee, Larry Valencia Madrigal, and Ben Willis.

Rachel Bess received the mid-career artist award.

2013's grant winners were sent off with a lecture from Colin Chillag, who won the 2013 mid-career artist award. Chillag discussed his artistic evolution and current body of work, which is now on view in the museum. Recent works from last year's grant winners are also on view.

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