Organized by Stamps Gallery, Envision: The Michigan Artist Initiative is a new awards program designed to support the development of contemporary artists living and working in Michigan. This inaugural program recognizes the creativity, rigor, and innovation of Michigan-based artists and collaboratives — and honors their role in inspiring the next generations of artists in our state.
The call for work went out to artists across the state in March 2020. In July 2020, Envision jurors Carla Acevedo-Yates, Curator, MCA Chicago; Ken Aptekar (BFA ’73), Artist; and Loring Randolph (BFA ’04), Director, Frieze New York gathered virtually to review the submissions. After evaluating 259 submissions from across the state, the jurors selected five finalists to receive a group exhibition at Stamps Gallery, currently planned for Fall 2021. Once the exhibition is on view, one of the finalists will be awarded a cash prize. The exhibition will tour to different venues in Michigan, including the Crooked Tree Art Center in Traverse City.
Nayda Collazo-Llorens examines the way in which we perceive and process information, dealing with concepts of navigation, memory, language, hyperconnectivity and noise through her interdisciplinary creative practice. Learn more: naydacollazollorens.com
Through oil painting, Michael Dixon explores the personal, societal, and aesthetic struggles of belonging to both “white” and “black” racial and cultural identities, yet simultaneously belonging fully to neither. Learn more: michaeldixonart.com
Carole Harris is a fiber artist who extends the boundaries of traditional quilting by exploring other forms of stitchery, irregular shapes, textiles, materials, and objects. Learn more: charris-design.com
Kylie Lockwood is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reconciles the experience of living in a female body with the history of sculpture. Learn more: kylielockwood.com
Darryl Terrell explores the displacement of black and brown people, femme identity, and strength, the black family structure, sexuality, gender, safe spaces, and personal stories through photography and digital art. Learn more: darryldterrell.com