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Atlanta artist Cosmo Whyte has been chosen to receive a $20,000 grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, along with 19 others from around the country who paint, draw, do sculpture, shoot photographs or video, craft or work in new media.

The multidisciplinary artist and educator was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, in 1992, and was 19 in 2001 when he moved to the United States. He is a visual arts professor and program director at Morehouse College and has a B.F.A. degree from Bennington College in Vermont and an M.F.A. degree from the University of Michigan. He has exhibited in the United States, Jamaica, Norway, France and South Africa.

Whyte describes himself as “a transdisciplinary artist who employs drawing, performance and sculpture to create conceptual work that explores how notions of identity are disrupted by migration.”

His most recent exhibitions of note include Beneath Its Tongue, the Fish Rolls the Hook to Sharpen Its Cadence at MOCA GA (2019); Get Up Stand Up at London’s Summerset House (2019); Intermittent Rivers at the 13th Havana Biennial Matanzas (2019); Of Origins and Belonging: Drawn From Atlanta at the High Museum of Art (2019); the Jamaica Biennial (2017); and the Atlanta Biennial at Atlanta Contemporary (2016).

The Tiffany Foundation grant is far from his first honor. Whyte has received an Art Matters Award (2019), MOCA GA’s Working Artist Award (2018), The Drawing Center’s Open Sessions Fellowship (2018), an Artadia Award (2016), the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award (2015) and the Edge Award (2010).

The Tiffany grants are intended to let artists produce new work and push their boundaries of creativity. Recipients were chosen from a pool of 110 nominees proposed anonymously by national nominators  artists, critics, museum professionals and Tiffany Foundation trustees.


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