INAUGURAL “GILDA AWARDS” HONOR THE LEGACY OF ARTIST GILDA SNOWDEN

Two Emerging Artists from Metro Detroit Receive $5,000 Award

A new, two-year initiative honors artist Gilda Snowden’s (1954-2014) legacy of championing and mentoring young, emerging artists. The Gilda Awards will support the work of four artists, two in 2015 and two in 2016, providing each with a no-strings-attached $5,000 award. The 2015 Gilda Award recipients, one in the Literary Arts and one in the Visual Arts, were selected by the two independent panels of national and local artists and arts professionals who selected the 2015 Kresge Artist Fellows. Panelists selected artists who are early in their artistic career, are gaining momentum and who demonstrate exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form.

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Photographer: Jacob Lewkow
MAIA ASSHAQ
Gilda Award Recipient in the Literary Arts
Experimental Poetry
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Photographer: Julian “DJ HE TOOK” Jacobs
SACRAMENTO KNOXX
Gilda Award Recipient in the Visual Arts
Interdisciplinary Media Artist

 

Photographer: Donita Simpson

Gilda Snowden was one of the eighteen inaugural artists to receive a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2009. Snowden served as Interim Chair and Professor of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies where she taught painting for more than 30 years. “Professor Gilda Snowden was one of the great figures at the College for Creative Studies and in the Detroit arts community — an exuberant and prolific painter, an activist, and an incredibly involved and caring teacher and mentor,” says Richard L. Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies. “By assisting emerging artists, the Gilda Awards celebrate her deep commitment to nurturing new generations of artists. Everyone at CCS is delighted that Kresge Arts in Detroit is honoring our beloved colleague in such a meaningful way.”