S. Andre Keichian, class of 2009 was a finalist for the The Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award. This is the first time an Agnes Scott College graduate has been considered for this prestigious award. Keichian is a video artist.
From the Swan Coach House website:
The Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award is presented each year to a talented Atlanta artist who has had no major solo show and is not connected with a commercial gallery. The award grants not only monetary support for an artist but also provides a venue for a solo exhibition at the Swan Coach House Gallery.
The Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award committee, chaired by Sara Hehir, consists of voting professional members from the Atlanta arts community and non-voting Foundation members who serve as administrators. The voting members recommend artists to be considered for the award. The field of candidates is narrowed down to five finalists by reviewing images of each artist’s current work. Final selection of the winner is made after the committee visits the five finalists’ studios. Only the professional members of the committee vote for the winner from the finalists. The top honoree receives a $10,000 grant and a solo show at the gallery the following summer. The other four finalists receive $2000 and have a piece included in the exhibition.