MSA is thrilled to support BIPOC artists working in the field of sculpture with our brand new Vision 2020 grant! Over fifty artists submitted applications and the talent, creativity, and technical prowess of the applicant pool was competitive and impressive. Jurors Dr. Kimberli Gant (the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art), Miranda Kyle (Arts & Culture Program Manager for the Atlanta BeltLine), and Nandini Makrandi Jestice (the Chief Curator at Hunter Museum of American Art) took immense care in ranking each artist in the pool, and the winners are Manami Ishimura, McArthur Freeman II, and Azza El Siddique!
vision 2020 Winners
Kimberli Gant, PhD is the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA. She was previously the Mellon Doctoral Fellow in the Arts of Global Africa Department at the Newark Museum, in Newark, NJ, and worked as the Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA). She has also guested curated for Deutsch Bank NY and Dept of African American/African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas Austin. Her exhibition experience includes Multiple Modernisms, Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place (2016), De-Luxe (2012), and There is No Looking Glass Here: Wide Sargasso Sea Re-Imagined (2010).
Kimberli received her PhD in Art History from the University of Texas Austin (2017), as well as holds both a MA and BA in Art History from Columbia University (2009) and Pitzer College (2002).
Miranda Kyle is the Program Manager of Arts and Culture for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) and curates the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Public Art Exhibition. After an academic fellowship with ABI, and assisting with installations in the subsequent years, Kyle was appointed to her current position in 2017. Since then, she has restructured ABI’s Public Art Program, managed an NEA Our Town grant to create and implement an Arts and Culture Strategic Implementation Plan, and overseen the commissioning of hundreds of art activations along the corridor. In her role as the Program Manager for Arts and Culture she supports the department of Design and Construction to incorporate art into park and trail design, engage developers to consider public art in their construction, and advise on secondary design elements like benches and future transit stops. Additionally, Kyle works on interdepartmental collaborations with Community Engagement and Planning by managing relationships with outside arts organizations and institutions such as the National Black Arts Festival, the Woodruff Center for the Arts, Living Walls, Southern Fried Queer Pride, and Artlanta Gallery. She ensures the local creative community is integrated into the public art program with activations like Family Paint Day, and the Special Projects platform that asks the communities on the BeltLine to put forth their ideas for exhibitions.
Kyle holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and an MA in Painting and Drawing from the Edinburgh College of Arts. She was awarded the 2013 Lee Kimche McGrath Fellowship for Arts & Sciences for her research in utilizing 3D printing technologies within traditional foundry practices, and in 2014 she was awarded the StarSeed Fellowship to research the intersection of Public Art, Performance and Space in Riga and Pedvale, Latvia. She has curated exhibitions locally and internationally over the last ten years, ranging in disciplines from performance to public art.
Nandini Makrandi has been the Chief Curator of the Hunter Museum since 2013. Prior to becoming Chief Curator, Nandini was the Hunter Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art for nine years and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. During her tenure at the Hunter, Nandini has focused on increasing diversity and dialogue within the collection and exhibitions program by broadening the museum’s contemporary holdings, curating over 70 changing exhibitions, organizing the first five nationally touring exhibitions at the Hunter, and originating several seminar courses in contemporary art and criticism for the University. Nandini was a recipient of an American Alliance of Museums Curators Committee Fellowship, and participated in the Getty Leadership and Management Seminar. Before joining the Hunter, Nandini was a curator at the Knoxville Museum of Art for seven years and worked with the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, North Carolina. She participates regularly in the region as a juror, guest curator and speaker, and is a member for the American Alliance of Museums and the Southeastern Museums Conference. She just completed the Hamilton County Schools Leadership class and is an active member of Public Art Chattanooga.