Artadia and the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) are pleased to announce Philip Smith as the recipient of the 2016 Miami Beach NADA Artadia Award, a $5,000 unrestricted, merit-based Award granted to one artist exhibiting at the fair. Smith’s work is exhibited at Locust Projects, booth 5.06 at NADA Miami Beach. A jury comprising two renowned curators, Jen Mergel, Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and Interim Chair, Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Jacob Proctor, Curator, the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, selected Smith. This is the eighth time NADA and Artadia have partnered to present the Award.

Jurors Mergel and Proctor stated: “Smith is perhaps the least known of the five artists included in Douglas Crimp’s 1977 Artists Space exhibition Pictures. His 2016 photographic edition entitled Night grows out of a large personal archive. A digital scan of his damaged, decades old 35mm slide of an African sculpture he collected both continues and updates the artist’s longstanding investigation into the generative capacity of photographic imagery. In Smith’s hands, the subject, the medium, and even the practice itself are revealed in the production of a new artifact.”

The NADA Artadia Award acknowledges innovative voices working in contemporary art today. This unique collaboration highlights the ways in which nonprofit organizations and art fairs can come together to celebrate artistic excellence. Through its partnership with NADA, Artadia is able to extend the reach of its Awards program internationally. The curator-driven selection process, integral to all Artadia Awards, provides exhibiting artists exposure to influential professionals in the field. Smith will have access to the lifetime benefits of the Artadia Awards program, including participation in Art & Dialogue, exhibition opportunities, studio visits with curators and collectors, and a profile page on the Artadia Artist Registry.

Smith is part of the Pictures Generation. His work has been included in the Whitney Biennial and Beijing Biennial, and is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Dallas Museum of Art, Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Detroit Institute of Art, among others. Smith has served as a writer for Interview Magazine and as a managing editor at GQ. The artist lives and works in Miami, FL.

Artadia is a national nonprofit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, curator-driven Awards and a lifetime of professional opportunities. Since 1999, Artadia has provided over $3 million to more than 300 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.


The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is the definitive nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art.


Above: Philip Smith, Night, 2016. 35mm film negative printed on watercolor paper, 24 x 34 inches. Edition of 10

Above: Philip Smith, Night, 2016. 35mm film negative printed on watercolor paper, 24 x 34 inches. Edition of 10

Locust Projects is a Miami-based not-for-profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work.

Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public. Locust Projects’ exhibitions and programming are made possible with support from: The Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Cowles Charitable Trust; FAENA; The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural A airs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant; Locust Projects Exhibitionist and Significant Others Members.



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