Dallas Museum of Art Presents Its 2019 Awards to Artists

Dallas Museum of Art Presents Its 2019 Awards to Artists with 13 New Recipients; the Combined Awards Programs Have Given More Than 300 Artists Nearly $800,000 Since 1980

Dallas, TX—May 21, 2019—The Dallas Museum of Art is pleased to announce its 2019 Awards to Artists. This year, 13 artists received one of three awards: the Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award, the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award, and the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant. All of the recipients this year are from Texas; four are based in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, six are from the Austin area, and three work in the Houston area. Kristen Gaylord, the Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, served as this year’s guest juror.

“We are thrilled to continue our support for some of the most promising and dynamic artists in our community with the Awards to Artists grants,” said Anna Katherine Brodbeck, the DMA’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. “We look forward to seeing how their probing, incisive work continues to rearticulate our understanding of themes including the body, gender, technology, and rituals of belonging.”

The funds will support a range of artistic activities: publication of art books and travel to art book fairs, photography equipment, artist residencies, classes on glass-making techniques, studio space, production of videos concerning aging, fiction, and masculinity, etc. The Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant will support travel to France and Malta to view masterpieces of the baroque style and to Cameroon and Ghana to study masquerade traditions. The artists’ practices span the breadth of contemporary art today, encompassing photography, sculpture, installation, video, painting, and sound art.

The four 2019 Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award recipients:
Isabella Cilia
Rachael Henson
Haley Hill
Chloe Nix

The seven 2019 Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award recipients:
Ryan Hawk
Brooke Johnson
Alexander Lozano
Yue Nakayama
Rachael Starbuck
Riel Sturchio
Audrey Travis

The 2019 Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant recipients:
Olaniyi R. Akindiya Akirash
Ann Wood

Awards to Artists grants have been awarded to more than 300 recipients, many of whom have gone on to successful careers within North Texas and across the country. Over the years, the DMA has acquired works from many of the artists who have received awards from the DeGolyer, Kimbrough, and Dozier funds. DeGolyer artists include Jeff Elrod, Misty Keasler, and Robyn O’Neil. Kimbrough artists include David Bates, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Lawrence Lee, Melissa Miller, Robert Pruitt, Michael Miller, Erick Swenson, and Kelli Connell. Dozier artists include Helen Altman, Scott Barber, Julie Bozzi, Joseph Havel, Stephen Lapthisophon, Annette Lawrence, Katrina Moorhead, John Pomara, and Ludwig Schwarz.

The Museum’s annual awards were established in 1980 by the Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund and the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund to recognize exceptional talent and potential in young visual artists who show a commitment to continuing their artistic endeavors. The two funds have awarded over $610,000 to artists since their founding.

Created in 1990, the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant honors the memory of Dallas artists Otis and Velma Dozier, who strongly believed in the enriching influence of travel on an artist’s work. The grant seeks to recognize exceptional talent in professional artists who wish to expand their artistic horizons through domestic or foreign travel and is awarded to professional artists at least 30 years of age who reside in Texas. Since the fund’s development, the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant has given over $190,000.

Images (left to right): Chloe Nix, Self-love, 2018, photograph, Courtesy of the artist, © Chloe Nix; Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya, Egun #4, 2017, mixed-media tapestry sculpture, Courtesy of the artist, © Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya; Yue Nakayama, How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away, 2018, single channel karaoke video installation with wall and floor decals, 10 min 56 sec, Courtesy of the artist, © Yue Nakayama

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation, and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more than 4 million visitors, including more than 800,000 in 2018. For more information, visit DMA.org.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


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Jill Bernstein