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Buckhead museum names winners of Working Artist Project
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July 22, 2012 10:39 AM | 1662 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a news release Tuesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) in Buckhead announced the winners of the 2012-13 MOCA GA Working Artist Project: Shara Hughes, Jiha Moon and Katherine Taylor.

The project is an awards program created by the museum to support visual artists of merit who reside in metro Atlanta. This initiative provides support for individual artists, expands the museum’s mission and promotes metro Atlanta as a city where artists live, work and thrive. As in the past three years, jurors selected three visual artists to receive the award. Representing the city’s best and brightest, these artists will be supported with an exhibition, promotion, a studio assistant and a major stipend to create work over the course of the year. This program is supported by a major grant from The Charles Loridans Foundation.

This year, Julie Rodrigues Widholm, the Pamela Alper associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, came to Atlanta to serve as juror for this year’s round of artists’ submissions.

“There is clearly great depth and diversity in Atlanta’s artistic pool,” she said. “My selections include three dynamic female artists, all of whom explore the complex merging of abstraction and representation within painting, each in their own singular voice. I look forward to seeing how their exhibitions play a role in the ongoing vitality and plurality of painting today.”

Hughes was born in Atlanta and has had her art displayed at shows in New York, London, Copenhagen and Turin, Italy. She’s attended also residencies at the Andersen Ranch in Colorado, Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, and two summers on the coast of Denmark through the Mikael Andersen Gallery.

Moon is from DaeGu, Korea, and lives and works in Atlanta. She has had her art exhibited at shows or acquired by museums in New York, Washington, Charlotte, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., Memphis, Tenn., and at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.

Taylor was born and raised in Biloxi, Miss., and has had her art displayed at shows in Quebec, Chicago, New York, Miami, Portland, London and several Atlanta-area galleries and museums.

The three 2012-13 winners bring the total to 15 artists supported by the Working Artist Project.

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