The Wynn Newhouse Awards, established in 2006, provide grants to artists of excellence who also happen to have disabilities. Nominees and winners are chosen by a committee of respected professionals in the arts and disabilities communities. This year’s committee included Gavin Brown (Gavin Brown’s Enterprise), Mia Locks (curator, MOMA PS1), Nancy Rosen (arts consultant) and Rusty Shackelford (artist). The award is accompanied by a cash prize, as well as a group exhibition in New York in April 2015. We are delighted to announce that two Creative Growth artists, Kerry Damianakes and William Scott, have both been awarded Wynn Newhouse grants this year.
Kerry Damianakes powerfully manipulates the materials she uses in the production of her art. Working in a bold and colorful style, she recreates images of her favorite foods. She has a love of clean and simple form bounded by strong, black line work. She has been an artist at Creative Growth since 1983.Kerry Damianakes, Chicken Noodle Soup for Lunch for New Year’s, 2013, Prismacolor and ink on paper, 15 x 22 inches Kerry Damianakes, Beef Cubes Carrot and Bell Pepper and Onion and Squash and Rice and Peas, 2009, Prismacolor and ink on paper, 22 x 30 inches
William Scott is a self-taught artist capable of rendering his imagined public and private worlds with remarkable accuracy and meticulous detail. William draws, paints and re-builds his native San Francisco in search of the elusive “normal life,” one of Baptist-sermon ideals and gleaming, safe, artistically franchised, city centers. San Francisco re-emerges as “Praise Frisco,” a place where Scott’s public longing for wholesome, peaceful interactions take place within idealized neighborhood landmarks. Most recently William has had a solo exhibition at White Columns, New York and shown with Gavin Brown’s enterprise and has been featured at both the Armory Show, New York and NADA during Art Basel, Miami.William Scott, Untitled, 2014, Acrylic and ink on canvas, 36 x 48 inches William Scott, Untitled, 2013, Acrylic and ink on paper, 22 x 30 inches