Artadia's mission is to encourage innovative artistic practice and meaningful dialogue across the United States by providing artists in specific communities with unrestricted awards and a national network of support. Once an artist receives an Artadia Award, he or she becomes a lifetime member of the national Artadia network. Artadia was founded as The ArtCouncil in 1997, by investment banker and art collector Christopher E. Vroom, in response to the demise of the National Endowment for the Arts' artist fellowships.
The Artadia Award is unique, providing substantial financial support, critical validation and broader public exposure for artists across the country:
Cash awards are granted in participating cities on a rotating basis.
Awards ranging from $15,000 to $3,000 are unrestricted, and can be used however the artist sees fit.
Applications are open to all visual artists who reside in Artadia's participating cities.
A two-tiered selection process combines local expertise with outside perspectives from leading national and international curators and artists.
Visiting panelists engage with local artists in their studios, gaining a broader context for their work and facilitating long-lasting relationships.
A preliminary panel of prominent national and local curators and artists evaluates all the submissions and selects 15 finalists.
A second panel of curators and artists travels to the participating city and conducts studio visits with each of the finalists. This panel selects the artists who receive Artadia Awards. However used, the Artadia Award is the monetary component of a wider culture of support.
Participating cities with active awards programs are currently:
Boston, metropolitan area
Chicago, Cook County
Houston, Harris County
San Francisco Bay Area