Alumna Krista Clark named 2018-2019 MOCA GA Working Artist Project Recipient

Posted On July 3, 2018

This is the eleventh year that the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia has awarded three artists the Working Artist Project Fellowship. The 2018-2019 Fellows were announced Friday, June 15 by this year’s juror, Allison Glenn, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The three selected artists were Myra Greene, Cosmo Whyte, and Georgia State MFA alumna Krista Clark (2016).

In MOCA GA’s press release, Glenn stated, “There are many thriving art centers outside of the coasts that are populated with talented artists living and working within them, and Atlanta is no exception. Krista Clark, Myra Greene, and Cosmo Whyte are three examples of the exceptional talent in the city. The Working Artist Prize is a phenomenal program for artists living and working in the Metro Atlanta area, and I hope it continues into the future.”

From the Studio Museum Harlem, “Fictions:” “Stopped, Westviews Through Ontario,” 2017; Mixed media, 84 × 144 in. 213.4 × 365.8 cm.

Krista Clark is originally from Burlington, VT and holds a BFA from Atlanta College of Art in printmaking, an MA from New York University and an MFA from Georgia State University. She has been an artist in the Hambidge Creative Residency Program and has work in the private collection of the High Museum of Art. In the 2017/2018 season, she was a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation grant, exhibited at Kibbee Gallery, had a solo show at The Atlanta Contemporary, and was a part of the widely-reviewed, group show, “Fictions” at the Studio Museum Harlem. She has a studio in West End Atlanta neighborhood of Westview and teaches art history at Morehouse.

She makes work, often constructed onto the wall or within a space, using materials from tarp, to plywood, to construction paper and construction foam core. Her work is  often interpreted as a comment on the change she has witnessed while living in Atlanta: the large-scale construction, the shifting and changing of demographics and communities, and the redrawing of physical and communal spaces.

The WAP Fellowship “was developed in support of mid-career or established artists in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. Each year the program is funded by the Charles Loridans Foundation and the Antinori Foundation with additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. An artist account is provided for each winner by Binders Art Supplies and Frames. There are a total of 33 Fellows over the past 11 years. As a museum that is dedicated first and foremost to supporting Georgia’s contemporary artists, it is MOCA GA’s goal to encourage these artists to remain in our city to establish Atlanta as one of the best cities for launching a viable career in the arts.”

In the eleven years, Georgia State University has had a number of alumni, instructors, and faculty awarded with the WAP Fellowship, including Larry Walker, Micah Stansell, Jiha Moon, Katherine Taylor, Fahamu Pecou, Sheila Pree Bright, Jill Frank, Elizabeth Lide, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Craig Drennen, and Bojana Ginn.

For the full press release, visit the MOCA GA site.