Announcing the 2020 Art Prizes!

(Left) Tanya Aguiñiga by Katie Levine (Right) Dyani White Hawk by D.E. Studio

The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Art Prizes. The ​Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize​ will be awarded to Los Angeles based artist/designer/craftsperson ​Tanya ​Aguiñiga​. The ​Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize will be awarded to Minneapolis based artist ​Dyani White Hawk​. Both prizes include projects at the Ojai Institute in Ojai, California, the artist centric initiative of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation.

Both artists will be honored at the Art Prize Gala on Saturday, May 30, 2020 during the Ojai Institute Artist & Ideas Festival (May 29-31, 2020) in Ojai. Please save the date. 

The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize consists of an unrestricted grant of $10,000. Previous prize recipients include Kelly Akashi (2019), Ry Rocklen (2018), and Rob Fischer (2017). The prize is awarded on an annual basis and the current focus is on supporting artists living in Southern California.

The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize consists of an unrestricted grant of $5,000. Previous prize recipients include David Rathman (2019). The prize is awarded on an annual basis and the current focus is on supporting artists living in Minnesota.

Artist Biographies:

Tanya Aguiñiga is a Los Angeles based artist/designer/craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from San Diego State University. In her formative years she created various collaborative installations with the Border Arts Workshop, an artists’ group that engages the languages of activism and community-based public art. Her current work uses craft as a performative medium to generate dialogues about identity, culture and gender while creating community. This approach has helped Museums and non-profits in the United States and Mexico diversify their audiences by connecting marginalized communities through collaboration.

Recent museum exhibitions include Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. and Craft and Care at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Aguiñiga is a United States Artists Target Fellow in the field of Crafts and Traditional Arts, a NALAC and Creative Capital Grant Awardee. She is the inaugural fellow for Americans for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. The award supported her creative work in communities throughout 2018 with AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides), an ongoing series of artist interventions and commuter collaborations that address bi-national transition and identity in the US/Mexico border regions, founded by Aguiniga in 2016. AMBOS seeks to create a greater sense of interconnectedness while simultaneously documenting the United States / Mexico border.

Current and upcoming solo projects include: Metabolizing the Border performance, Otay and Tijuana Border, US and Mexico; Borderlands Within, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California, and Transfronterizas, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, California. 

Aguiñiga has been the subject of numerous articles for American Craft Magazine. She has been featured in PBS’s Craft in America Series, as well as in episodes of the Emmy® award-winning arts and cultures series, Artbound, from KCET. Her work is included in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Decorative Arts collection and Contemporary Arts collection, as well as in the collection of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and The Mint Museum in Charlotte. 

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Dyani White Hawk (Sičáŋǧu Lakota) is a visual artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. White Hawk earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011) and a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2008). She served as Gallery Director and Curator for the All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis from 2011-2015.

Recent support for White Hawk’s work has included 2019 United States Artists Fellowship in Visual Art, 2019 Eiteljorg Fellowship for Contemporary Art, 2019 Jerome Hill Artists Fellowship, 2019 Forecast for Public Art Mid-Career Development Grant, 2018 Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, 2017 and 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowships, 2014 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, and 2013/14 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship.

Upcoming projects include: a two person presentation with Sky Hopinka by Bockley Gallery at The Armory Show in the 2020 Focus section; solo exhibitions at Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota, later this year and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary, Kansas City, Missouri in 2021, and a residency at Surf Point Foundation also this year. 

She has participated in residencies in New Orleans, Santa Fe, Australia, Russia and Germany. Her work is in the collections of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Denver Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Tweed Museum of Art, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and Akta Lakota Museum among many other public and private collections.

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Contact: Frederick Janka, Executive Director, [email protected] or 646.334.1006