Recipient of the 2015 Joyce Award is Transart Advisor Sanford Bigger


Sanford Biggers and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit

CHICAGO, Jan. 27, 2015 — Four collaborations between artists of color and leading arts and cultural organizations in the Great Lakes region have received 2015 Joyce Awards to present new works designed to engage, communicate and build communities. The cash awards of $50,000 each will go to partnerships in Detroit, Chicago and the Twin Cities.

The Joyce Awards, the only program supporting artists of color in major Great Lakes cities, aims to strengthen cross-cultural understanding by bringing diverse audiences together. The Chicago-based Foundation has awarded more than $2.4 million to commission 46 new works since the program started in 2003.

“Every year, we have the honor of identifying and rewarding artists and organizations that are redefining and celebrating our diverse communities through these amazing collaborations,” said Joyce Foundation President Ellen S. Alberding. “We are so pleased to support new works by artists that change their street, their community, their city and their world.”

The 2015 winners comprise the following partnerships:
Sanford Biggers will partner with MOCAD to create a multi-disciplinary work titled, “Subjective Cosmology.” Biggers, an interdisciplinary artist working in film, video, installation, sculpture, music and performance, will spend a year interacting with Detroit’s art and music communities in preparation for a seminal exhibition that continues his practice of broadening our understanding of American history.

“This Joyce Award will enable me to engage an existing network of Detroit musicians and artists while forging new relationships and raising visibility through a series of performances, programs and community-based projects,” Biggers said.  “This effort will coalesce in the form of an exhibition in the fall of 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.”
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