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CADD and Maddrey PLLC establish $5K Artist Prize to support Black artists

The Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas and the law firm Maddrey PLLC have announced the new $5,000 CADD x Maddrey PLLC Artist Prize, for Black artists living or working in Dallas. The prize is geared toward giving measurable support to historically underserved and underrepresented groups in Dallas.

Enacted by two organizations dedicated to serving creatives in our city, the annual prize aims to champion historically underserved and underrepresented groups of the Dallas arts community by offering quantifiable support. While the criteria for candidates of the CADD x Maddrey PLLC Artist Prize will expand in upcoming years, the inaugural edition was formed as a direct response to the current national and global conversations surrounding racial inequalities. Recognizing how these issues extend into the local art world, this year’s prize will be awarded to a Black artist in Dallas, according to a press release from CADD.  

“We are in a time where cultural communities around the globe are taking a much-needed look at the diversity of their programs. As gallerists and business owners, we have the power to make impactful decisions. We are proud to be partnering with Maddrey PLLC to create this opportunity for Black artists working in Dallas,” said Erin Cluley, co-president of CADD.

“This moment and this movement are critical in examining how our institutions are set up to support diversity and equity, or how they are not. We are honored to be part of this new initiative along with CADD, an organization we have long held in high esteem for their work in the arts community,” said Thomas Maddrey, founder and managing member of Maddrey PLLC, Dallas.

The Jurors

The 2020 prize recipient will be selected by two distinguished jurors.
Vivian Crockett, the Dallas Museum of Art’s Nancy and Tim Hanley assistant curator of contemporary art
Lise Ragbir, director of art galleries at black studies, the University of Texas at Austin

The Prize

The recipient will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize as well as a solo exhibition of their artwork to be hosted in 2021. In addition, Maddrey PLLC will provide the recipient with a Legal Mentorship Package worth a total value of more than $4,500. The deadline to apply is Oct. 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

The 2020 CADD x Maddrey Artist Prize is made possible through the generous support of Maddrey PLLC, Diane Boddy, Joanne Cassullo, John Dirba and Brian Morrison, Mike Matthews, Travis Vandergriff and Rodrigo Zepeda, and additional anonymous donors.

About CADD

Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas is a non-profit membership organization of galleries formed in 2007 for the purpose of promoting the advancement of contemporary art on all levels. Today, each of CADD’s 12 member galleries functions as an important component of the Dallas art community, providing the means by which artists reach their public and collectors gain access to works of art. Through year-round social and fundraising events, CADD aims to develop resources that support visual artists in our community.

About Maddrey PLLC

Maddrey PLLC is a boutique art law firm with a specific focus on intellectual property law and the business and law of art. Our focus is creatives and creators, and the world in which they work. With a prior career in the arts and as an artist, founder Thomas Maddrey, lawyer, brings the experience from both sides of the table. Maddrey PLLC is focused on making sure you can do what you do best: Create.

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