By Howard Pousner
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia has selected Atlanta artists Katherine Mitchell, Micah Stansell and Alan Caomin Xie as recipients of the 2010-11 MOCA GA Working Artists Project.
The winners will receive a $12,000 stipend, a paid studio assistant for up to 300 hours, an exhibition at MOCA GA (with accompanying catalog) and a place in its permanent collection, among other benefits.
The juried awards, supported by the Charles Loridans Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, were launched in 2007 in response to a talent drain of Atlanta artists moving to larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
“As a museum that is dedicated first and foremost to supporting Georgia’s contemporary artists, it is our goal to encourage these artists to remain in our city, establishing Atlanta as one of the best cities for launching a viable career in the arts,” MOCA GA director Annette Cone-Skelton said in a statement.
Mitchell is a retired Emory University art professor with work included in the Georgia Council for the Arts’ recently published book, “Georgia Masterpieces: Selected Works from Georgia Museums.”
Stansell is a filmmaker and installation artist whose videos have been screened in galleries and at film festivals across the United States and internationally. His exhibit with his wife, Whitney Stansell, “Past, Present, Continuous” is on view at Whitespace through May 15. They will give a talk at the Inman Park gallery at 3 p.m. May 8.
Xie, who was born in China, has worked in the U.S. since 1999. A Clayton State University art instructor, his “Still Image” series of oil paintings reference electronic media, capturing what he calls “the metonymy between different images.”
MOCA GA, in the TULA Art Center in south Buckhead, collects and archives significant contemporary works by Georgia artists. Information: www.mocaga.org.