The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program has announced its 2016-17 award recipients — 17 artists who will receive rent-free studio space in Dumbo for a year.
This year’s awardees are: Olive Ayhens, Samantha Bittman, Matt Bollinger, Sascha Braunig, Jordan Casteel, Caroline Chandler, Duron Jackson, Meredith James, Fabienne Lasserre, Karen Lederer, Dana Lok, Nat Meade, Clifford Owens, Sheila Pepe, Ruth Root, Alan Wiener, and Tuguldur Yondonjamts.
The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation launched the studio program in 1991 and ran it until 2014, when the Walentas Family Foundation generously took over . During its 25 years of existence, the program has developed a reputation for having its finger on the pulse of the New York art world, particularly the segment composed of up-and-coming talents. Among previous award recipients are such big names as Josiah McElheny, Dorothea Rockburne, and Lorraine O’Grady.
This year, multiple jury panels worked to pare down the more than 1,200 applicants to a shortlist, from which a final panel, consisting of artists Tara Donovan, Keltie Ferris, Dread Scott, Joel Shapiro, and Alexi Worth, selected the 17 recipients. This year, as every year, they are an incredibly diverse group, running the gamut in terms of style, discipline, age, and background.
—Taylor Dafoe for ArtINFO.com