The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has named artist Christopher Paul Jordan as the winner of its eighth annual Foundation of Art Award. The award recognizes the talent and commitment of local artists to the Pierce County community, and comes with $7,500 plus a commission to create an artwork for the foundation, to be unveiled this October at Pacific Lutheran University’s art gallery.
“I am thrilled that Christopher was selected for the Foundation of Art Award this year,” said award committee member Amy McBride, who also is the city of Tacoma’s arts administrator. “I have admired his talent, his community activism and social practice for years.”
“What an honor! This is unexpected because I'm just getting started,” Jordan said.
A former student of the Tacoma School of the Arts, Jordan began as a digital artist at age 12, later exploring drawing and mural painting, leading several Tacoma murals (Rialto, South Tacoma St. Vincent de Paul, Manitou Trestle) and working with nonprofit hip hop organization Fab-5. He has also completed murals internationally in Trinidad and Tobago, and in Taiwan, winning a grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission to convene the show #COLORED2015, featuring work by black artists and poets from the United States and Caribbean.
This year, 13 local artists were nominated, including A’Donna Richardson, Asia Tail, Ben Cobb, Daniel Martin, Diana Leigh Surma, Erika Rier, Gabriel Brown, Jeremy Gregory, Karen Doten, Kassie Mitchell, Kelly McLaughlin and Tim Norris, and judged by a committee of art professionals.
An online gallery of nominated artwork, as well as that by Chris Jordan, is available at gtcf.org/2015-gallery, with artist interviews on the blog.