Texas Artists Win Up to $6K at DMA’s 2019 Awards to Artists

DFW-based artists triumphed at the Dallas Museum of Art's 2019 Awards to Artists. The money artists received from the program goes toward purchasing photography equipment, applying to artist residencies, producing videos, and more.


Texas artists took the spotlight at the Dallas Museum of Art’s 2019 “Awards to Artists” last month. All thirteen winners are from the Lone Star State—with four from Dallas-Fort Worth. 

The museum annually supports local artists through this awards program, and winners can receive up to $6,000. The funds go toward the publication of art books, photography equipment, artist residencies, glass-making techniques, studio space, and video production. 

Anna Katherine Brodbeck, the DMA’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, said she’s excited to see how this year’s recipients will thrive.

“We look forward to seeing how their probing, incisive work continues to re-articulate our understanding of themes including the body, gender, technology, and rituals of belonging,” Brodbeck said in a statement. 

Getting what they give

The awards program was started in 1980 to recognize young and talented artists that showed potential. The funds come from three different programs: the Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award, the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award, and the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant.

Since the program began, over 300 artists from North Texas and beyond have received around $800,000. Much of the art that is created from this money finds its way back home to the DMA’s walls.

Past winners who have had their work acquired by the DMA include Jeff Elrod, Melissa Miller, and Kelli Connell.

2019 Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award recipients:
• Isabella Cilia
• Rachael Henson
• Haley Hill
• Chloe Nix

2019 Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award recipients:
• Ryan Hawk
• Brooke Johnson
• Alexander Lozano
• Yue Nakayama
• Rachael Starbuck
• Riel Sturchio
• Audrey Travis

2019 Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant recipients:
• Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya
• Ann Wood

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