Cash Prizes Coming for Best D.C. Night of 1,000 Fridas Art

Thanks to a grant from The Awesome Foundation D.C., artists showing work in Washington, D.C. as part of the global Night of 1,000 Fridas project are eligible for cash rewards totalling $600.

I will compile a list of standout projects in Washington, D.C. and share the list with the below panel for final judging.

The Mexican Cultural Institute is committed to enriching the relationship between Mexico and the United States by sharing Mexico’s vibrant cultural past and present with the local community. The Institute has developed cultural programming in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, among others. The MCI is open to the public. Feel free to visit their interactive technology exhibit, ‘Voice Array,’ their famous three-story murals, or their tribute to artist Joy Laville opening on February 14th

Kate Gorman is an Awesome Foundation D.C. trustee, writer, and artist living in Ward 5’s Eckington neighborhood. D.C.’s built environment and rich culture inspire much of her work. She is an enthusiastic proponent of local artists and supports groups working in fabric, audio, performance, and gaming.

Courtney Granner is the cover artist for Frida Sex Dreams and Other Unnerving Disruptions. He co-founded San Jose State University’s renowned Animation/Illustration Program and is the former Co-Director of Education at the Walt Disney Family Museum. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Western Kentucky University, post-undergraduate study at The Art Institute of Boston, and a Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University. Academic honors include the SJSU School of Humanities and the Arts Teaching Innovation Award and a Fulbright Fellowship in Cairo, Egypt. Granner has worked professionally as a video game designer, art director, and an award-winning editorial illustrator.

While we wish we could pay each and every one of our contributing artists, this panel will do its best to pick three exemplary contributors to the Night of 1,000 Fridas in the D.C. area. Artists will be evaluated based on their contributions’ impact on the public, the number of Fridas submitted, the originality of their concept, and overall execution of their artwork.

1st Prize: $250

2nd Prize: $200

3rd Prize: $150

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