2016 Crusade Engagement Grant Announced
The 2016 Crusade Engagement Grant celebrated its third year in fostering innovation relating to the field of photography by awarding $10,000 to Bruce McKaig for the project The Trade of Art. McKaig’s project serves as a connective link between photographers marketing their work and tradespeople offering a variety of goods and service. His proposal, designed with the city of Baltimore in mind, was deemed noteworthy for its fresh perspective on the bartering concept by introducing photography, and subsequently creating higher demand for and accessibility to art.
According to McKaig, “My dual experience in the arts and in economics provides the foundation for this project. A barter network for photographers and labors in Baltimore would be a fantastic platform to lead the way to more equitable economic practices that result in more democratic access to the arts.”
McKaig’s proposal was one of ten selected finalists amidst a contest of hundreds. Top applicants’ work was reviewed by jurors Michelle Dunn Marsh (founder of Minor Matters Books and Executive Director at Photo Center Northwest), Laura Roumanos (Executive Producer and Co-Founder of United Photo Industries and Photoville), and Gordon Stettinius (Founder of Candela Books + Gallery).
Yorgos Efthymiadis’s The Curated Fridge, which garnered the popular vote among web users, also made an impression on viewers with its assortment of promotional images and photography postcards displayed in the familiar domestic format of a magnet-mounted refrigerator montage. Efthymiadis proposed periodic life-size photographs of the “curated fridge” itself, in association with a writing contest for university students to compete for their image of choice.
Angela Freeman is a New York-based writer, designer, and enthusiast of creative expression.