MOCA GA has named Jeremy Bolen, Kevin Cole and Zipporah Camille Thompson the winners of its 2021–22 Working Artist Project fellowships.
The Working Artist Project, now in its 14th year, supports midcareer/ established artists in metro Atlanta. Each fellow receives a major stipend toward new work, presents a solo exhibition of that work, produces an accompanying exhibition catalog and is given paid studio apprentices for one year.
These winners bring to 42 the number of artists supported by the fellowship. Past winners include Maria Artemis, William Downs, Bojana Ginn, Masud Olufani, Fahamu Pecou, Lauri Stallings and Cosmo Whyte.
The 2021–22 finalists were chosen by Jordan Carter, associate curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Institute of Chicago. “I was thoroughly impressed by the diversity, range and talent conveyed by the submissions,” Carter said in a statement, added that the artists chosen provide “a virtual lens into the dynamism of Georgia’s contemporary art scene.”
Meet the new fellows.
Jeremy Bolen is an artist–researcher, organizer and educator interested in site-specific, experimental modes of documentation and presentation. Much of his work involves rethinking systems of recording — in an attempt to observe invisible presences that remain from various scientific experiments and human interactions with the Earth’s surface. His work has been seen nationally and internationally. He is an assistant photography professor at Georgia State University. Carter called Bolen “a highly interdisciplinary artist, working at the intersection of the visual arts and scientific research and inquiry. His objects simultaneously index our current ecological crises and speculate on the future of what our Earth might look like and how we might engage with it.”
Kevin Cole received his B.S. from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, an M.A. in art education from the University of Illinois at Urbana and an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University. Within the past 32 years, he’s received 27 grants and fellowships, 66 art awards, 51 teaching awards and more than 45 public art commissions. He received Georgia’s 2020 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities and won a 2019 Nexus Award from the Atlanta Contemporary. His artwork has been featured in more than 475 exhibitions nationally and internationally and is included in more than 3,800 public, private and corporate collections including the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Georgia Museum in Athens; and the High Museum of Art. In a statement, Carter said that Cole “mobilizes his unique language of vivid abstraction through folded wood and metal sculptures and assemblages whose compositions manifest histories of lynching and anti-Black violence, as well as map the coordinates of gerrymandering and institutional inequity.
ZIPPORAH CAMILLE THOMPSON
Zipporah Camille Thompson is an installation artist, sculptor and activist who explores alchemical transformations through clay and textiles to examine marginalized bodies and elicit social change. through her work. She received her B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and her M.F.A. from the University of Georgia. She has shown at the Atlanta Contemporary, Kennesaw State University’s Zuckerman Gallery, Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn and Gallery 400 in Chicago, among others. She is a 2020 Artadia Atlanta awardee and is represented by Atlanta’s Whitespace. In a statement, Carter described Thompson as “an alchemist, expanding the possibilities of ceramics and textiles in elaborate multimedia installations that conjure and construct queer Black spaces, drawing upon and reimagining transhistorical and global traditions, rituals, mythologies and mysticisms.