Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist Edra Soto has been awarded the inaugural Foundwork Artist Prize. In recognition of her outstanding civically-engaged practice, Soto will receive an unrestricted $10,000 grant and studio visits with each of the 2019 jurors: artist DeWitt Godfrey, Outsider Art Fair Director Becca Hoffman, Esopus Magazine Founding Editor Tod Lippy, Embajada Gallery Director and Independent Curators International (ICI) Director of Development Manuela Paz, and Stoneleaf Retreat Artistic Director and IFPDA Fair Director Helen Toomer.
The jury has also named three short-listed artists for special mention: New York-based Christian Ruiz Berman, Queens-based Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., and Detroit-based Julie Schenkelberg. In conjunction with the Prize, Foundwork has launched a new artist interview program, Dialogues, starting with an interview of Soto conducted by guest editor Scott Indrisek. Ruiz Berman, Brown Jr., Schenkelberg, and other artists will be featured in Dialogues interviews by other visiting editors in the coming weeks.
The Foundwork Artist Prize is a new juried grant awarded to recognize and support outstanding artists on Foundwork. For more information visit foundwork.art.