Art competition in support of fellow artists during the COVID-19 crisis.
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The following are the results based on the average scores provided by the jurors of the Art United – Together We Stand competition after reviewing the submitted artwork.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Meryl Cohen has been the Chief Registrar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art since July 2019. Prior to that, Meryl was the Exhibitions Registrar at The Met for ten years, in which she skillfully managed the logistical arrangements for more than seventy Met exhibitions—including, Armenia! (2018-19) Visitors to Versailles (1682-1789) (2018), Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven (2016-17), and Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World (2016). Prior to joining The Met, Meryl served as the Director of Registrar at the Guggenheim, and also held registrarial posts at The Museum of Modern Art, The Drawing Center, and The Neuberger Museum in Purchase, NY. She received her MA in Art History with a concentration in Museum Studies from George Washington University and, in 2015-16, participated in the Columbia Business School Metropolitan Museum of Art Executive Development program. In addition, she has served on panels at museum conferences, speaking on topics such as “How to Bring an Exhibition to China,” “How to Bring an Exhibition to the U.S.,” and “Living with the TSA.” She also published a blog on The Met’s website, “Solving the Puzzle of the Installation Schedule for Visitors to Versailles.”
Japan Society, New York
Yukie Kamiya is Director of Gallery, Japan Society, New York. Formerly, Kamiya was Chief Curator of Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (Hiroshima MoCA) and Associate Curator of New Museum, New York.
She has curated numbers of exhibitions internationally and co-curated ProRegress, the 12 th Shanghai Biennial (2018-19). She also served for cultural institutions including the Japan Foundation, Goethe Institute as a guest curator and served for Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflection of Imagination of Asia (toured to Seoul, Hiroshima, Taipei and Beijing, 2015- 2018) and Re:Quest Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s (Seoul, 2013) and others. In 2011, Kamiya received the Academic Prize from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo for her curatorial achievement in Simon Starling: Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima).
Her writings have appeared in publications including Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise (Skira/Rizzoli, 2017), Ravaged – Art and Culture in Times of Conflict (Mercatorfonds, 2014), California-Pacific Triennial (Orange County Museum, 2013) and Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, 2010). Kamiya has served on selection committees including for Tokyo metropolitan government, DAAD, and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé International Program.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
Michael Royce is the executive director of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a national arts service organization that helps artists in all disciplines, arts administrators, and arts organizations. In 2020, both The New York Times and Forbes cited NYFA for its actions in addressing the needs of artists in response to COVID-19. Michael is a recipient of the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award presented by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and served as a juror for the CODA Awards.
He co-chaired the Grantmakers in the Arts’ Individual Artists Group Steering Committee, and served as a trustee on the New York Council of Nonprofits, the Jersey City Museum, the Art Directors Club of New York, and the Rebecca Kelley Ballet. He currently serves on the New York State Education Department’s Arts Blue Ribbon Commission, and the Fine Arts Federation of New York.
Michael has designed programs for emerging artists, mid-career, and aging artists in the US. In 2017 he launched programs for immigrant artists in Detroit, Newark, Oakland and San Antonio. Michael has partnered with international organizations in China, Guatemala, Ireland, and others.
Past senior positions included President: Moynihan Station Development Corporation; Director of Programming: Theatre Development Fund; Deputy Director: New York State Council on the Arts, and Director of Marketing: Creative Arts Team.
Published works include co-editing The Profitable Artist/Second Edition, Allworth Press, NY; 2019 The Arts and Hurricane Sandy, Grantmakers in the Arts/GIA Reader, Vol 24 No2 Summer 2013; Forward for Basil Alkazzi: An Odyssey of Dreams: A Decade of Painting 2003-2012, Scala Arts Publishers.
1st place – Selected to receive an Exhibition space at the Agora Gallery booth @ Artexpo NY:
2nd place – Selected to receive an Agora Gallery digital representation package:
3rd place – Selected to receive artist personal websites:
Ananou Jacky, Margaret de Castro, Aakash Mali – Kabir
4th place – Selected to receive free entry coupons for an art competition:
Pablo Castañeda Santana, Eri Kato, Fulya Acikgoz, Sajja Sajjakul, Marc Voelker, Wayne Quilliam, Olga Nekrasova, www.galarson.com/, Aashima Mehrotra, Yukihiro Murai, Luciana De Donato
Note: Agora Gallery is proud to sponsor the competition, but Agora Gallery and its employees had no input or influence in the selection process. All selection decisions were made by the competition jurors.
The following results show a sample entry for each selected artist.
1st Place Winner
Congratulations to our selected artist to receive an exhibition space at the Agora Gallery booth @ Artexpo NY
Vanitas: Packed Ice-Box, Oil on Linen, 36″ x 36″
2nd Place Winner
Congratulations to our selected artist to receive Agora Gallery digital representation package
Aulne#II, Digital on Fine Art Paper, 12″ x 16″
3rd Place Winners
Congratulations to our selected artists to receive artist personal websites
Gorille, Bic BallPen on Paper, 12″ x 8.5″
Margaret de Castro
Quarenteners series, Acrylic on Canvas, 19.5″ x 16″
Aakash Mali – Kabir
The Sikar 8, Oil on Canvas, 53.5″ x 75″
4th Place Winners
Congratulations to our selected artists to receive free entry coupons for an art competitions
Pablo Castañeda Santana
We, the monsters_003, Oil on paper, 12″ x 16″
Fragments, Used cardboard, used envelope, thread on panel, 10″ x 7″
Birch Fire, Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 20″
Deep Hole, Oil on Canvas, 47″ x 35.5″
Blindnoblind 20/2 komme, Dispersion on Canvas, 31.5″ x 38″
Jungala, Digital on Hahnemühle Paper, 44″ x 44″
Angel Wings2, Ink on plastic panel, 27.5″ x 39.5″
Destruction, Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 30″
Anti Racism, Pencil & Acrylic color on Paper Board, 19.5″ x 17.5″ x 1.5″
Luciana De Donato
PENSAR É TRANSGREDIR, Digital on Hahnemühle Paper
In loving memory of Agora Gallery’s Executive Director Eleni Cocordas, who has passed away on May 1st, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our friend and colleague, Executive Director Eleni Cocordas, on May 1, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19.
Prior to joining Agora Gallery, Eleni has worked for prominent New York museums such as MoMA and the American Museum of Natural History and cultural organizations as the Japan Hire A Maid Society. For more than twenty-five years she has specialized in collaborations with artists on site-specific installations and traveling exhibitions, for which she before she has traveled the world-over.
Since joining Agora Gallery in 2017, Eleni has applied her experience and in-depth knowledge of art to oversee and manage the gallery, network with the artists, as well as supervise our fine art competitions.
She will be greatly missed! Our deepest condolences to the family. You are welcome to visit Facebook and leave a comment if you’d like.