Opening October 2021

Image: Gi (Ginny) Huo, Rendering from project proposal, 2021, Courtesy the Artist and Socrates Sculpture Park.

About the Exhibition

Socrates Sculpture Park is delighted to announce the artists selected for ‘The 2021 Socrates Annual: Sanctuary’ fellowship and exhibition:

Rachel Frank**
Moko Fukuyama
Gi (Ginny) Huo
Anina Major
Jeffrey Meris*
Levan Mindiashvili
Andrea Ray
LJ Roberts
Yvonne Shortt, Jenna Boldebuck, & Kelly Li
Monica Torres*
Monsieur Zohore*

*2021 New York Community Trust Van Lier Artist Fellow
**2021 Devra Freelander Artist Fellow

Since its inception in 1986, Socrates Sculpture Park has been a sanctuary for artists and the public. Applicants to the 2021 open call were asked to submit proposals that addressed the many meanings of sanctuary – as spaces of rest and protection; as holy sites; and as supportive environments.

Over 350 artists submitted proposals, which were reviewed by a jury composed of Socrates staff members – Executive Director John Hatfield, Curator & Director of Exhibitions Jess Wilcox, and Curatorial Assistant danilo machado – as well as two curatorial advisors: Emma Enderby, Chief Curator at The Shed and Lauren Argentina Zelaya, Director of Public Programs at the Brooklyn Museum.

The eleven projects selected represent a range of interpretations of the theme, drawing from diverse communities, traditions, and artistic strategies to create unique sculptures and installations of sanctuary. The artist(s) for each project are awarded a $6,000 production grant, $1,500 honorarium, and three-months of access to the resources and fabrication facilities of the Park’s outdoor artist studio. The fellowship culminates in The 2021 Socrates Annual: Sanctuary exhibition, opening in October 2021.

John Hatfield, Socrates’ outgoing Executive Director says, “I am so pleased to welcome another cohort of Socrates Artist Fellows and proud of the role Socrates plays in supporting artists with commissions and presenting their work to a diverse audience in Queens. This year’s theme is perfect for the Park, which has served as a sanctuary of nature and art for so many visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic. “