Five artists, including Valaria Tatera and Jason S. Yi, have won southeastern Wisconsin's prestigious prize for individual artists, the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship.
This year, the Nohl fund is giving two established artists $35,000 and three emerging artists $15,000 each to create new work or complete work in progress. The funds, given in memory of the late artist Nohl, are unrestricted.
Each artist will also receive a $5,000 professional development/production budget.
The 19th annual competition drew 165 applicants.
The five winners, all based in Milwaukee, will participate in a future Haggerty Museum of Art exhibit.
Winners in the established artist category:
Interdisciplinary artist Jason S. Yi works in photography, video, sculpture, drawing, and site-specific installations. He has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. Born in South Korea, he came to the United States at a young age, giving his work a "bi-cultural lens," in the words of the Nohl committee.
An enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Valaria Tatera "explores self-identity and contemporary Indigenous issues such as the relationship between colonization and Indigenous erasure, visibility and resilience," according to the Nohl statement announcing this year's winners.
Winners in the emerging artist category:
John W. Balsley creates drawings and comics with anthropomorphic characters and satirical situations, influenced both by animated cartoons and alternative comics.
Experimental filmmaker Inna Dmitrieva combines elements of documentary, essay film, and abstraction in both autobiographical films and works of larger scope.
Through printing, drawing, weaving, and quilting, Molly Hassler mines "the complex relation between representation and identity as a queer person in the Midwest."
Finalists in the established artist category included Aaron Boyd, Yevgeniya Kaganovich, David Najib Kasir and Heidi Parkes.
Finalists in the emerging group included Alyssa Ackerman, Britany Gunderson and Nicholas Perry.
The jurors included Jade Powers, assistant curator at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City; Victoria Sung, associate curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and Toccarra A.H. Thomas, a media and performance artist, film programmer and arts administrator who is director of the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.
Due to the pandemic, the jurying process was conducted virtually, including virtual studio visits with the established artist and the emerging artist finalists.
The fellowship program is funded by a bequest from the late Fox Point artist Mary L. Nohl.
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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 2022 Nohl Fellowship winners include artists Jason S. Yi, Valaria Tatera