Headlands Center for the Arts announces the launch of the Chiaro Award, a fully sponsored artist residency and cash prize for an accomplished mid-career painter residing in the United States. This major award is designed to have meaningful impact on the life and career of one artist per year, by both recognizing past success and by fostering his or her ability to continue to produce exceptional and exemplary work in the medium of painting.
Residencies of six to ten weeks include dedicated use of a private studio, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and a cash award of 15,000 USD. The Chiaro awardee will become part of the dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ programs, sharing in peer-to-peer creative exchange while developing his or her individual artistic practice.
Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marin Headlands, a part of the Golden Gate National Parks. Artists programs at Headlands are designed to support artists, the creative process, and the development of new, important work. These programs provide opportunities for research, experimentation, professional development, and peer-to-peer exchange—and ultimately aim to foster creative breakthroughs and new modes of working and thinking.
All told, more than 70 artists participate in their programs each year. By bringing together local, national, and international artists from a wide range of disciplines—including visual and interdisciplinary artists, architects, dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, writers, and curators—Headlands' programs enable the exchange of ideas and approaches that help catalyze new cultural and social perspectives.
While at Headlands Maria will be working on paintings in progress for her upcoming 2023 solo show at Shulamit Nazarian in Los Angeles. She is hoping a departure from the density of New York City for the extended ocean sightline will crack open her typically dense, frenetic paintings and encourage a greater sense of spatial depth.