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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Our fearless leader

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(Photo by Joeff Davis)

We're about as pleased as everyone else about the recent news that Art Papers Executive Director/Editor Sylvie Fortin was recently named a Lexus Leader of the Arts by PBA 30. Under Fortin's stewardship, the magazine has enjoyed an amazing year, including winning a bunch of awards and a ton of grants, including $100,000 from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

CL was ahead of the curve, natch, picking Art Papers' auction as the Best Art Event of 2007 and the $100,000 Andy Warhol Foundation grant as the Best National Recognition for the Visual Arts in our recent Best Of Atlanta issue. Check out Felicia Feaster's quickie interview with Fortin back in the spring.

Here's the full press release ...

SYLVIE FORTIN NAMED LEXUS LEADER OF THE ARTS FOR DECEMBER

(December 3, 2007—Atlanta) ART PAPERS is delighted to announce that Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA) named Sylvie Fortin, Executive Director/Editor of ART PAPERS, the Lexus Leader of the Arts for the month of December. Presented by PBA in association with the Atlanta Area Lexus Dealers, the award recognizes leaders in our community whose exemplary dedication to the arts has enriched the cultural life of metropolitan Atlanta.

Sylvie Fortin joined ART PAPERS in October 2004 as Editor-in-Chief, and was named Executive Director/Editor in 2007. In these three years, she led the redefinition of the art organization, starting with the award-winning redesign of ART PAPERS magazine. She also expanded the reach of the 32-year-old Atlanta institution, successfully positioning it as an internationally respected source for contemporary art—from Cabbagetown to Cairo. This year alone, ART PAPERS has received an unprecedented number of grants, awards, and accolades, from local, national, and international institutions alike. These include grants from:

— The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (New York), 2006

— American Center Foundation (New York), 2007

— Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund (Atlanta), 2007

— Foundation for Contemporary Art (New York), 2007

— The Imlay Foundation (Atlanta), 2007

and the following awards and nominations:

— Best Redesign, GAMMA Awards, 2007

— Best Art Event (Art Auction), Creative Loafing, Readers’ Picks, Best of Atlanta 2007

— Best National Recognition for the Visual Arts, Creative Loafing, Critics’ Picks, Best of Atlanta 2007

— Best Art Fundraiser (Art Auction), Atlanta Magazine, Best of 2007

— Nominee, Best Art Coverage, 19th Annual Utne Independent Press Award, 2007 (winner announced in 2008)

“I’m thrilled to receive this recognition, and to join the distinguished group of Lexus Leader of the Arts award recipients. ART PAPERS’ recent successes follow much smart work by our dedicated staff and talented board, and a lot of community goodwill. But it’s only the beginning of our exciting next chapter. Our ambitious strategic plan will guide our transformation into a global contemporary art organization like no other, and we are glad to make it all happen here, in Atlanta,” says Fortin, Executive Director/Editor of ART PAPERS.

Fortin is an independent curator, art historian, critic, and editor who has worked internationally since 1991. Prior to joining ART PAPERS, Fortin was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa, 1996–2001), Program Coordinator at la chambre blanche (Québec, 1991–1994), and a long-term collaborator with OBORO (Montréal, 1994–2001). Her critical essays have been published in Canadian, American, and European catalogues, and her reviews have appeared in many periodicals including Art Press, C Magazine, Espace, Fuse, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art and Parachute.

Educated at the University of Toronto, Université Laval, and Duke University, she has received numerous nationally and internationally significant grants and awards as a critic and curator, as well as for her academic research.

About the Lexus Leader of the Arts Award

In association with the Atlanta Area Lexus Dealers, Public Broadcasting Atlanta established the Lexus Leader of the Arts award in 1999. The Lexus dealers of Atlanta were committed to providing underwriting revenue for WABE 90.1 FM and PBA 30, the radio and television stations that comprise Public Broadcasting Atlanta, and extended that commitment to recognizing figures in our community whose exemplary dedication to the arts has enriched the cultural life of metropolitan Atlanta. In January 1999, the inaugural Lexus Leader of the Arts award was given to Kenny Leon and Elton John for their collaboration on the production of Aida at the Alliance Theatre. An award recipient is selected each month by a nominating committee on the basis of leadership, accomplishment, character, commitment, and professional longevity. Fellow honorees include Atlanta Symphony Music Director Robert Spano, Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms, and avid arts supporters such as John and Susan Wieland. Lexus Leaders of the Arts are announced through radio broadcasts on WABE 90.1 FM, on television at WPBA Channel 30, and on the PBA website, www.pba.org

About ART PAPERS

ART PAPERS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the examination, development, and definition of art and culture in the world today. Its mission is to provide an independent and accessible forum for the exchange of perspectives on the role of contemporary art as a socially relevant and engaged discourse. This mission is implemented through the publication of ART PAPERS magazine and the presentation of public programs.

ART PAPERS receives major funding from the Fulton County Commission, Atlanta, Georgia, under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. ART PAPERS is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations for the Georgia General Assembly. The Council is a Partner Agency for the National Endowment of the Arts. ART PAPERS gratefully acknowledges the generosity of other private, corporate and individual donors.

For information about ART PAPERS, visit www.artpapers.org, call 404.588.1837 ext. 20 or email director@artpapers.org.

ART PAPERS

P.O. Box 5748

Atlanta, GA 31107

phone: 404.588.1837 ext 20

fax: 404.588.1836

www.artpapers.org

The Andy Warhol Foundation

for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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