The St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art recently landed its latest laurel by being named the 2022 Host Organization for the annual ArtTable Summer Fellowship Program.
In a mid-February press release, CAM announced receipt of the new honor, which comes from the eponymous New York-based organization “supporting women who identify individuals in the visual arts.”
Through a national membership network and community initiatives, ArtTable strives “to expand opportunities for women from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their careers, fostering a stronger future for all women in the arts,” the press release explains.
CAM will select an ArtTable Fellow to help prepare for the 10th Great Rivers Biennale exhibition, which will run from September 9 to February 12. In addition to participating in the planning, research and design of this exhibition, the press release notes that the chosen fellow will be working on special programs and activities for the 10th edition.
Each year, a jury of nationally recognized arts professionals selects the local artists featured in the exhibition, each receiving a $20,000 stipend and exposure to CAM. The 2022 jury selected this motley trio:
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- Yowshien Kuo, a multimedia artist whose solo exhibition “Western Venom” ran at the museum from September 2020 to February 2021.
- Yvonne Osei, whose own website describes as “a Ghanaian artist living in the United States”, represented locally by Clayton’s Bruno David Gallery.
- Jon Young, a tribal member of the Catawba Indian Nation of Rock Hill, South Carolina, who works primarily in sculpture.
The St. Louis’ Gateway Foundation supports the Biennale des Grands Fleuves, which “strives to enrich the life and culture of St. Louis by supporting efforts to acquire, create, and enhance tangible urban art and design. and sustainable,” its website says.
ArtTable has only awarded 18 scholarships this year. The fellowship program dates back to 2000 and, according to the press release, “provides real-world work experiences and quality mentorship to female students and/or emerging professionals from backgrounds typically underrepresented in the visual arts.”
A fee-based program, lasting five to eight weeks, the press release says, during which fellows work closely with leaders in the field “to learn about a range of professional activities in museums and world-class arts organizations”. The program also allows fellows to “receive one-on-one mentorship from professionals working in their areas of interest who are members of ArtTable.”
St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-535-4660, camstl.org