Phoenix Art Museum Announces 2013 Contemporary Forum Award Winners

On Wednesday night, Phoenix Art Museum's Contemporary Forum awarded eight local artists who've made a mark in the contemporary scene.

The annual event recognizes up to seven emerging Arizona artists with $1,500 grants to purchase materials and one mid-career artist with $5,000 plus a special exhibition of his or her work alongside past award winners.

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Artists grants recipients include Mohammed Reza Javaheri, Sean Deckert, Kim Largey, Michael McLeod, Ann Morton, David Sherman, and a street artist who goes by La Muñeca.

The Contemporary Forum's Mid-Career Artist Award was given to Colin Chillag.

Currently on view at Phoenix Art Museum is a showcase of last year's Contemporary Forum grant winners including Irma Sanchez, Kristin Bauer, James Angel, Karolina Sussland, Carolyn Lavender, Nic Wiesinger, and Paul S. Wilson.

Annie Lopez, who was named Contemporary Forum's Mid-Career Artist in 2011, is showing in the museum's Chase Hall.

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