The Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship in the Visual Arts The Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship awards $25,000 to a Maine artist working in the visual arts and is paired with a solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, a scholarly publication and a gallery talk.
WADE KAVANAUGH + STEPHEN B. NGUYEN
The recipient of our annual inaugural $25,000.00 unrestricted Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship award in the visual arts for a maine artist; artist team, Wade Kavanaugh of Bethel, Maine and Stephen B. Nguyen of Portland, Maine, were selected through a blind jury process from of pool of more than two hundred applicants by two thoughtful and esteemed curators: Jeffrey Peabody, Vice President and Director, Matthew Marks Gallery in New York City and Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
The award reflects the vision of it's founders David Ellis and Joan Beauregard put forth to support artists with the precious gift of time and to encourage, expand and sustain the courageous and imaginative dialogue that is fundamental to the arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation celebrates the value of art to transcend cultures and engage with diverse communities. “The award is truly a defining moment for the Foundation," noted Ellen Golden, President of the Ellis Beauregard Foundation Board, "consistent with our goal of supporting artists and communities." Juror Alison de Lima Greene states “I am profoundly grateful to the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation for creating this opportunity to review the work of so many talented Maine artists. As always, the jury process was a voyage of discovery, one which encompassed an array of media across all disciplines in the visual arts. "The work of Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen stood out among that of their peers for its sophisticated use of materials, its thoughtful evolution, and essential beauty. At the same time, the artists’ dramatic evocation of the power and fragility this planet’s biosphere is both timely and urgent."
"The work submitted for consideration spanned more than a decade, starting with Striped Canary on the Subterranean Horizon and The Burden of Atlas, both 2005. These projects established the essential vocabulary and installation practice followed over subsequent years by Kavanaugh and Nguyen, demonstrating their acute sensitivity to site and their increasingly inventive command of materials. I was interested to see that one of their most recent projects engaged with the performing arts as well, through their collaboration with the Ivy Baldwin Dance Company in 2017. I was also impressed by the essentially generous nature of the work, one which engages audiences at all levels. What I admire most about the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation’s new grants initiative is their partnership with the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland. I understand the CMCA will provide a public platform for new work by Kavanaugh and Nguyen, and I am looking forward to learning more about these artists, as well as the new directions taken by the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation in the years to come.”
Juror Jeffrey Peabody adds, “It was a distinct honor to participate in the selection process of the inaugural Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts. The fine quality of the work under consideration and the tremendous variety of approaches and materials made the process rewarding, and makes clear that a lively and serious community of artists is at work in Maine today. Awardee Wade Kavanaugh adds, “Stephen and I are honored to receive this award from the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation. Our collaboration began twelve years ago at The Map Room in Portland and we look forward to the gift of time to create more work in Maine,