The Forward Arts Foundation has named painter María Korol, a visiting professor at Agnes Scott College, as the winner of its inaugural Edge Award. The award, formerly the Emerging Artist Award, includes a $10,000 cash prize, a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center and a solo exhibition at the Swan Coach House Gallery in April 2020.
Four finalists — painter Larkin Ford; muralist Michael Jones; painter Dianna Settles; and sculptor, painter, drawer and performance and installation artist Jason Sweet — will each receive $2,000 and show one work in Swan Coach’s front space.
The Edge Award is designed to spotlight and support early- to mid-career visual artists in the greater Atlanta area. The award was renamed earlier this year for Betty and Bob Edge, who have supported Atlanta visual artists since 1999.
This year’s judges found Korol’s work “stellar” and said that she shows “true care and devotion to translating her unique experience through her work.”
Korol was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to the United States in 2004. She has an M.F.A. in painting from Indiana University, Bloomington, and has shown her paintings and drawings nationally and internationally in Atlanta; Berlin; Bogotá, Colombia; and New York. She is a 2018–20 resident of The Creatives Project at the Goat Farm Arts Center and a 2018 Hughley fellow at WonderRoot.
The exhibit of 2018–19 winner Curtis Ames, titled less than more, runs through May 16 at Swan Coach House Gallery.
ARTS ATL named Bob Edge, senior counsel at Alston & Bird, the 2018 winner of its Luminary Amaranth Award for Philanthropic Legacy. Betty Edge is an Atlanta photographer who works in both color and black and white.