The following story ran on the May 11, 2012, edition of the D Magazine Frontrow blog.
May 16, 2012
DALLAS, May 11, 2012 — The Dallas Museum of Art is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2012 Awards to Artists and travel grants. This year, ten artists received awards in one of three categories: the Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund, the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund, and the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant. The DeGolyer and Kimbrough funds were established in 1980 to recognize exceptional talent and potential in young visual artists who show a commitment to continuing their artistic endeavors. The DeGolyer Fund is awarded to artists between 15 and 25 years of age who reside in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, or Colorado, while the Kimbrough Fund is open to residents of Texas under the age of 30. Since their founding, the two funds have awarded over $482,000 to artists.
Recipients of the 2012 DeGolyer, Kimbrough, and Dozier Travel awards will discuss their work during the Awards to Artists talk on Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. A reception with the artists will follow the discussion in C3 Theater.
In 1990 the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant was created to honor the memory of Dallas artists Otis and Velma Dozier, who strongly believed in the enriching influence of travel on an artist’s work. The grant aims to recognize exceptional talent in professional artists who wish to expand their artistic horizons through domestic or foreign travel and is awarded to professional artists at least 30 years of age who reside in Texas. Since the fund’s inception, the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant has awarded over $141,000.
The four 2012 Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award recipients:...
Oscar Mejia is a B.F.A. candidate at Southern Methodist University. His current body of work derives from his desire to work on large surfaces at minimal expense. The DeGolyer Award funds will enable Mejia to create a series of site-specific performance paintings. By working with found objects and painting en plein air, Mejia’s new project will raise questions regarding the commodification of the art object and the traditional studio practice....