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2015 CHF Grant Finalist Etsuko Ichikawa Wins Grand Prize

16 June 2016 at Dave Brown Projects

Dave Bown Projects is pleased to announce the results of the 12th Semiannual Competition which was curated by Kathleen Goncharov, Curator of Contemporary Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art; Irene Hofmann, Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe; Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from submissions that were received from artists from approximately 40 countries. This competition features images of the work of 25 visual artists. Unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists totaling $10,000 USD has been awarded. Etsuko Ichikawa received $5,000 USD (Grand Prize). Raheleh Filsoofi, Boyang Hou, Elise, Sujin Lim, and Bradley Tucker each received $1,000 USD (Award of Excellence).

Tanmaya Bingham
Gabe Brown
Jason Covert
Craig Drennen
Raheleh Filsoofi
Shaun Griffiths
Desiree Holman
Boyang Hou
Paul Howe

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Etsuko Ichikawa
Isolde Kille
Piotr Krysiak
Sujin Lim
David McGlynn
Leeza Meksin
Heather Merckle
Helina Metaferia

Emmy Mikelson
Emmanuel Monzon
Nicholas Potter
Elizabeth Riggle
Heryk Tomassini
Bradley Tucker
Dickie Webb

“I was impressed with the quality of the work and very glad to see so much video and installation work. I was particularly intrigued by the idea of bringing 1,200 artificial flowers to Switzerland, FACTORyAL LANDSCAPE by Sujin Lim, and its global economic implications. I also appreciated seeing the wide variety of the types of work presented from figurative painting to conceptual projects such as the playful Rube Goldbergesque video Getting the Hang of It by Paul Howe.”
— Kathleen Goncharov, Curator of Contemporary Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art

“The work that most stood out to me in this group of submissions was Etsuko Ichikawa’s video Echo at Satsop. With the decommissioned Satsop nuclear facility as a powerful stage set and protagonist, Ichikawa creates stunning visuals that evoke a haunting mix of fear and poetry.”
— Irene Hofmann, Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe

“Equal parts performance documentation and otherworldly cinematic experience the mesmerizing video Echo at Satsop by Etsuko Ichikawa reveals the dramatic potential of a simple gesture made in an extraordinary setting. I was not only struck by the professional and creative cinematography, but also by the powerful soundtrack. Nearly every shot would make a compelling still image; the meditative sound could also stand alone. Both contribute to a sense that this clearly real place could be on earth or elsewhere — in the past, present, or far-off future.”
— Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Daniel DiGriz
Daniel DiGriz is CHF's Creative Director and Director of Educational Programming. He's a founder at corporate consulting firm Free Agent Source Inc., and Digital Ecologist® at MadPipe which provides creative direction and marketing leadership to multiple firms. His background in Fortune 500 life is in sales and education. Daniel is a corporate storyteller and collector of brand stories who speaks at conferences and hosts podcasts, including The Thriving Artist™ Podcast. His personal website is

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