2018-2019 Working Artist Project Winners
Announcing the 11th year winners of the Working Artist Project Fellowship:
Krista Clark, Myra Greene, and Cosmo Whyte.
“There are many thriving art centers outside of the coasts that are populated with talented artists living and working within them, and Atlanta is no exception. Krista Clark, Myra Greene, and Cosmo Whyte are three examples of the exceptional talent in the city. The Working Artist Prize is a phenomenal program for artists living and working in the Metro Atlanta area, and I hope it continues into the future.”
—Allison Glenn, 2018-2019 WAP Guest Curator
About Allison Glenn, Guest Curator
Allison Glenn currently is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Curator of Out of Easy Reach, a cross-institutional exhibition hosted by DePaul Art Museum, Stony Island Arts Bank, and Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois Chicago, for which she authored and edited the accompanying catalogue. She possesses a Bachelor of Fine Art Photography with a co-Major in Urban Studies from Wayne State University and dual Masters Degrees in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While serving as Manager of Publications and Curatorial Associate at Prospect New Orleans, Glenn was responsible for the catalogue development and artists’ projects initiatives related to the international art triennial Prospect 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. She has contributed to several exhibition publications including Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017, MIT Press (2017); Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp (2017); Prospect.3: Notes for Now, Prospect New Orleans and DelMonico Prestel (2014); Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and DelMonico Prestel (2015); and Fore, The Studio Museum in Harlem (2012). Further contributions by Glenn can be found in Hyperallergic, ART21 Magazine, Pelican Bomb’s Art Review, and Newcity.
2018-2019 WAP Fellowship Winners
Krista Clark draws moments between presence and absence in the historic West End Atlanta neighborhood of Westview. As the city’s sprawl changes the landscape, Westview’s Craftsman bungalows are in constant danger of erasure. As demographics shift, families are displaced, and vibrant homes are replaced by fences, dumpsters, blue tarps, and tools for large-scale construction, if not demolished entirely. In Atlanta Contemporary’s Sliver Space, Clark will mimic these environments by physically drawing in space, re-creating these architectural gestures while they are in a state of flux.
Greene uses a diverse photographic practice to explore representations of race. Greene is currently working on a new body of work that uses African textiles as a material and pattern to explore her own relationship to culture. She received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Photography and has completed residencies at Light Work in Syracuse New York and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work is in the permanent collection of Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and the Princeton University Art Museum. Myra Greene’s work has been featured in nationally exhibitions in galleries and museums including The New York Public Library, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, Williams College Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and Sculpture Center in New York City. Myra Greene was born in New York City and received her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico. She currently resides in Atlanta Georgia, where she is an Associate Professor of Photography at Spelman College.
Cosmo Whyte was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica in 1982. The Jamaican born artist attended Bennington College in Vermont for his Bachelor in Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art for his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and the University of Michigan for his MFA. He has exhibited in the US, Jamaica, Norway, France and South Africa. In 2010 he was the winner of the Forward Art emerging artist of the year award. In 2015 he was the recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” and in 2016 he was the recipient of an Artadia Award. In 2016 Cosmo Whyte participated in the Atlanta Biennial and the recent 2017 Jamaica Biennial. Cosmo Whyte is based in Atlanta, Georgia and Montego Bay, Jamaica and is currently a professor at Morehouse College.