In our grand tradition of only bringing you news at the last possible second, we’d like to draw your attention to the second annual New England Art Awards, voting for which ends tomorrow (Sunday). Lots and lots and Providence artists and galleries got nominated for the awards, which are organized by Phoenix art critic Greg Cook, and this year’s ballot is a lot less unwieldy than last year’s, so you may want to check it out.
While, more than anything, the ballot just made me gloomy about all the shows I wanted to see but didn’t (ie. the ACT UP retrospective at Harvard), a couple of ones I actually saw made the cut. Michael Bizon’s instillation at 5 Traverse was great, as was Joe Deal’s landscape photography at the RISD Museum. Shepard Fairey also got two indirect nominations, sort of: one for the Boston Police Department’s showy arrest, and another for the anonymous artist that spraypainted dollar signs at the AS220 Mercantile Block. (On a more community-minded note, Lydia Stein’s giant mural on a Smith Hill home was nominated in that same category.) And Maya Allison from 5 Traverse got a well-deserved nomination in the “local curator of local art” category.
Winners will be announced on February 8 at the New England Art Awards Ball, which will take place at an Irish bar in Somerville. Er…
[image via One Photo Every Day]