The Chicago-based has announced the winners of its annual competition, which recognizes and commissions new works from artists of color in the Great Lakes region.
Four collaborations involving artists of color and cultural organizations in Chicago, Detroit, and the Twin Cities will each receive $50,000 for a new work. A distinctive feature of the competition is that in addition to being new, the winners' work must include the process of engaging community members in informing and shaping their final presentation. Since launching the program in 2003, the foundation has awarded $2.6 million to commission fifty works.
Winners of the 2016 awards include Charles McGee and the , which will commission McGee's largest outdoor piece to date, a steel sculpture titled United We Stand; Juan Angel Chávez and the , which will commission a large public art installation spanning the museum's second floor walls and ceiling; Imani Uzuri and Zakiyyah Alexander and the St. Paul-based , which will commission a performance of Uzuri's and Alexander's play GIRL Shakes Loose Her Skin in the spring of 2017; and Aparna Ramaswamy and Kyle Abraham and the Minneapolis-based , which will commission a work by the two choreographers/performers (with live music by Colin Jacobsen) to be presented at the .
"The Great Lakes region has so many talented artists working across genres, tackling complex social issues, and bringing incredible new pieces to life," said Joyce Foundation president Ellen Alberding. "We are honored and proud to play a role in supporting this critical work."