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MOCA GA announces Working Artist Project winners
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In a news release, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) in Buckhead earlier this month announced the winners of its 2013-14 MOCA GA Working Artist Project.

They are E.K. Huckaby, Scott Ingram and Fahamu Pecou.

“MOCA GA’s Working Artist Project was developed in support of mid-career or established artists in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Each year the program is funded by the Charles Loridans Foundation with the stipulation that the grant serve the artists of the metropolitan Atlanta geographic area which includes Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton, Morgan, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton counties,” MOCA GA Director Annette Cone-Skelton said. “With this year’s three awardees, there are a total of 18 Fellows who have received the award. In addition, three emerging artists will be selected as apprentices under the guidance of the 2013-14 [project] Fellows. 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.”

This legacy initiative provides support for individual artists, expands the museum’s mission and promotes Atlanta as a city where artists can live, work and thrive. MOCA GA supports artists by granting a major stipend to create new work; by presenting a solo exhibition of the new work; by producing an accompanying exhibition catalogue; and by providing paid studio apprentices over the course of one year.

This year, Franklin Sirmans, the department head and curator of contemporary art from The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, came to Atlanta to serve as juror for this year’s round of artists’ submissions.

Huckaby lives and works in Brooks. He attended the Atlanta College of Art, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine art in 1991. Huckaby has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Jasper Dorsey Award at the Atlanta College of Art and an Individual Artists Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Ingram lives, works and produces his art in Atlanta. His work comments on art and architecture in human environments. Based in an American aesthetic, his range of art works includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography as well as functional objects. Growing up in the Midwest, he was heavily influenced by the great modern architects of Chicago.

Pecou is an artist/scholar based in Atlanta whose works comment on contemporary and hip-hop culture while simultaneously subverting it to include his ideas on fine art. Pecou’s paintings, performance art and scholarly work address concerns around representations of black masculinity in popular culture and how these images impact both the reading and performance of black male masculinity and identity.

These three 2013-14 winners bring the total to 18 artists supported by the project.

Information: (404) 367-8700, info@mocaga.org or www.mocaga.org.
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