Visual artist, graffiti scholar, and educator Will Kasso Condry of Brandon has been chosen as the very first receiver of The Vermont Prize, a new endeavor aimed at celebrating and supporting the ideal visible art getting manufactured in Vermont now.
A collaborative initiative of the Brattleboro Museum & Artwork Centre (BMAC), Burlington City Arts (BCA), The Recent of Stowe and the Corridor Art Foundation in Reading, The Vermont Prize is juried by 1 consultant from each individual of the four partner corporations and just one exclusive guest juror.
This year’s guest juror, Kelly Baum, the Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Up to date Artwork at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, stated “Will Kasso Condry impresses in each and every way. Premised on deeply held moral beliefs, his visually beautiful, very chromatic, labor-intense drawings and paintings choose their inspiration from Afrofuturism, a philosophy that privileges Black agency, creativeness, and excellence, forging a political and aesthetic language that serves as a corrective to past and current wrongs. Condry is an outstanding artist undertaking exceptional work in and for Vermont.”
“I use my artwork to weave the wealthy and layered tales of the African diaspora as an Afrofuturistic artist and educator,” Condry wrote in an artist statement. “Be it fantastical or rooted in our present-day fact, my operate reflects the multitude of dimensions and encounters Black people today navigate. I want the observer to be transported inside a universe crammed with infinite options to understand that the Black creativeness is our vital to liberation, and that Black joy is the root that binds it all.”
Born and lifted in Trenton, New Jersey, Condry examined fantastic art and illustration at The College or university of New Jersey as a to start with-generation college or university college student. He furthered his education and learning with graffiti artist Daniel “POSE 2” Hopkins and muralist Dave McShane of Mural Arts Philadelphia. For more than 20 a long time, he has worked with youthful individuals by a wide variety of neighborhood businesses, which includes the Boys & Ladies Club and SAGE Coalition. He has served as artist-in-residence at Princeton College and Middlebury Higher education. With Jennifer Herrera Condry and Alexa Herrera Condry, he launched Juniper Resourceful Arts, a Vermont-based Black and Dominican family members collective that “uses visible artwork to uplift the voices of people today on the margins.” His get the job done has been shown in solo and team exhibitions, and his murals have been commissioned by general public, personal, and company purchasers in New Jersey, California, and Vermont.
The four jurors representing the husband or wife businesses were being BCA Curator and Director of Exhibitions Heather Ferrell, BMAC Director of Exhibitions Sarah Freeman, Corridor Artwork Basis Director Maryse Model, and The Latest Govt Director Rachel Moore.
“It was an honor to serve as one of the jurors for the inaugural yr of The Vermont Prize,” Ferrell explained. “I was amazed by the breadth of imaginative talent, as very well as the stage of artistic excellence represented by the variety of apps the jury reviewed. The Prize serves a important have to have in supporting and elevating the role of artists in our local community.”
Freeman and Model also expressed appreciation for the chance to see perform by proficient artists from across Vermont.
“I was fired up to discover about a great deal of artists who are new to me, and I glimpse forward to observing even more in the long run,” Freeman claimed.
Manufacturer added, “The actuality that it was these types of a tricky preference speaks volumes about the caliber of the artists working in Vermont suitable now.”
The Vermont Prize is awarded to one particular artist each year. The winner is chosen on the foundation of artistic excellence, irrespective of occupation phase. The winner receives $5,000, and their function is showcased and archived at vermontprize.org and on social media. Programs are accepted from visible artists now living and performing in Vermont. The Vermont Prize is open to individuals as well as collaborating artists. Artists operating in any visible medium are welcome to use. The up coming software deadline is March 31, 2023.