Sadie Barnette, Untitled (Purple sky stars), 2017, and Carrie Hott, Summer Night Forever, 2017.

Sadie Barnette and Carrie Hott Win 2017 San Francisco Artadia Awards

Artadia announced today that Sadie Barnette and Carrie Hott have been named the 2017 San Francisco Artadia winners. The artists will receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds and access to the ongoing benefits of the Artadia Awards program. Their artwork will also be showcased at Artadia’s booth at the 2018 Untitled art fair in San Francisco.

The jury was made up of Dena Beard, director of San Francisco’s The Lab; Sally Frater, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University; artist Andrew Kuo; and Rory Padeken, associate curator of the San Jose Museum of Art. They selected five finalists: Simone Bailey, Sadie Barnette, Sofía Córdova, Carrie Hott, and Davina Semo.

“Sadie Barnette and Carrie Hott find inspiration in the archive where they unearth hidden or invisible histories, resulting in multimedia projects and installations that explore systems of state and institutional power,” Padeken said. “They imbue their objects with social and political meaning to reveal the complex structures that permeate everyday life. In the case of Barnette, the political becomes personal as she reclaims her family’s history from the veiled world of government surveillance. For Hott, seemingly disparate ideas are linked through a formal layering of objects and processes, revealing the connective thread that binds her projects to a larger social world.”

The tenth Artadia award cycle in San Francisco was open to visual artists who have lived in the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo for more than two years and who are at any stage in their careers.