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Sustaining / Creating

VSA Exhibition: Sustaining / Creating

Sustaining / Creating is the 11th exhibition in VSA and Volkswagen Group of America's annual Emerging Young Artists Program. This longtime collaboration is an unprecedented opportunity for visual artists, ages 16-25, with disabilities to receive national recognition at the start of their careers.

This year's theme asked artists to present work that illuminates innovative viewpoints on sustainability and contemporary creativity. Beyond its scientific definition, sustainability references notions of responsibility and stewardship of our world in all facets of human interaction, from the environmental to the cultural. This year's selected artworks embody notions of sustainability and a practiced engagement with their personal environment, whether in broad abstract references or in explicitly detailed visual monologues. While each selected artist is wholly unique in their creations, they all exemplify the idea that sustainability indicates the capacity to endure.

This year's selected artists are:

Grand Prize Award
Dylan Guest, age 18 of Baltimore, MD
First Prize Award
Sam Sadtler, age 24 of Concord, MA
Second Prize Award
Leland Foster, age 21 of Portland, Maine
Awards of Excellence
Jacob Brown, age 20 of Mars, Pennsylvania
Colin Budd, age 20 of Wexford, Pennsylvania
Rachel Chansler, age 21 of Lolo, Montana
Alice Chen, age 23 of Campbell, California
Ned Dibner, age 22 of Henderson, North Carolina
Taylor Gray, age 19 of Burlington, Connecticut
Kevin Hosseini, age 17 of Carpinteria, California
Naima Kazmi, age 20 of Hackensack, New Jersey
Stephen Proski, age 24 of Kansas City, Missouri
Kara Stokowski, age 25 of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Qingyun Wang, age 24 of San Francisco, California
Amie York, age 19 of Denver, Colorado

The 15 recipients were awarded a total of $60,000 in prize money generously provided by Volkswagen.

September 11, 2012 - January 13, 2013
Smithsonian Institution
S.Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive SW
Washington, DC 20560

Jan 17-Feb 14, 2013
Volkswagen Group of America headquarters
2200 Ferdinand Porsche Drive
Herndon, VA 20171

March - mid-April 2013
Visual Arts Gallery of the Southern KY Performing Arts Center
416 East Main Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101

May 3 - June 9, 2013
VSA Colorado / Access Gallery
909 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

July - August 2013
The Gallery at New World Stages
340 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10019