CAC, OtherPeoplesPixels, and the Coney Family are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2018 MAKER Grant, an award opportunity for three Chicago-based contemporary visual artists who demonstrate a commitment to a socially conscious, progressive and sustainable artist practice and career development.
MAKER Grant Program’s unrestricted awards of one at $5,000 (Coney Family Fund Award) and two at $3,000 (OtherPeoplesPixels Award) are intended to recognize exceptional emerging or established artists working in Chicago, and support the advancement of their artistic careers.
Thank you to the esteemed leading arts professionals who served as jurors this year.
Christopher Audain, Program Officer, Alphawood Foundation
Elizabeth Corr, Manager of Art Partnerships, National Resources Defense Council
Nikki Patin, Community Arts Engagement Manager, Arts + Public Life, University of Chicago
Lorelei Stewart, Director, Gallery 400, School of Art & Art History, College of Architecture, Design & the Arts, University of Illinois-Chicago
This grant is generously funded by the Coney Family and portion of proceeds from the Chicago Artists Coalition’s annual fundraiser, WORK IN PROGRESS, as well as a benevolent matching contribution from OtherPeoplesPixels.
MAKER Grant | Coney Family Fund Award – Cecil McDonald Jr. uses photography, video, and performance to explore the intersections of masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic and intellectual pursuits of black culture. McDonald studied fashion, and dance club culture before receiving a MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago. He was awarded the: Joyce Foundation Midwest Voices & Visions Award, the Artadia Award, The Swiss Benevolent Society, Lucerne, Switzerland, Residency, and the 3Arts Teaching Artist Award. In The Company of Black, his first comprehensive monograph was published by Candor Arts and was short listed for best first photographic book of the year by The Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo.
MAKER Grant | OtherPeoplesPixels Award – Emilio Rojas (b. 1988, Mexico City) is a multidisciplinary artist, working primarily with the body in performance, using video, photography, installation, public interventions and sculpture. He holds an MFA in Performance from SAIC and a BFA in Film from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada. Rojas utilizes his body in a political and critical way, as an instrument to unearth removed traumas, embodied forms of decolonization, migration and poetics of space. His researched based practice is heavily influenced by with queer and feminist archives, border politics, botanical colonialism, and defaced monuments. His works have been exhibited in the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Austria, England, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia. Besides his artistic practice, Emilio is also a translator, community activist, yoga teacher, and anti-oppression facilitator with queer, migrant and refugee youth. Galeria Jose de la Fuente in Santander, Spain and Gallleriapiú in Bologna,Italy represents Rojas’ work.
MAKER Grant | OtherPeoplesPixels Award – Yvette Mayorga is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She uses confection, industrial materials, and the American board game Candy Land as a conceptual framework to juxtapose the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico. The spaces in the “Candy Lands” of her work relate to immigrant utopian visions of the American Dream.