Press Release: Thomas Chang receives Eureka Fellowship


For Immediate Release

Fleishhacker Foundation Announces Eureka Fellowship Recipients

San Francisco, CA ­ Twelve Bay Area artists will receive a Eureka Fellowship, the largest cash prize for individual artists in the Bay Area, sponsored by the Fleishhacker Foundation. Designed to help artists continue making work by supporting more uninterrupted creative time, these prestigious $25,000 awards are based solely on artistic merit evidenced by previous work, and are not restricted to specific projects.

This round's Fellowship recipients include San Francisco artists Thomas Chang, Amy Franceschini, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Josh Lazcano, Mads Lynnerup, Lourdes Portillo, Rigo 23, Clare Rojas, Philip Ross, and Chris Sollars; and from Sonoma, Chester Arnold. (Please see attached bios.) This award cycle covers three years, with awards given to four of the twelve artists per year in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The prize stipulates that the artists remain in the Bay Area during the year of their award.

One hundred and forty-two artists applied for the Fellowships from a candidate pool created by over 60 local nonprofit visual arts organizations that submitted nominations (see lists of nominated artists and nominating organizations, attached). The nominated artists represent a wide range of the region¹s artistic talent, with work reflecting a broad cultural and stylistic variety. Nominees were limited to working artists, 25 years or older, who reside in one of eight Bay Area counties (San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Marin, and Sonoma).

A panel of three nationally-known arts professionals judged the artists works, including Bill Horrigan, Media Arts Curator, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Eungie Joo, Gallery Director and Curator, The Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles; and Lydia Yee, Senior Curator, The Bronx Museum of the Arts. (Please see attached bios.) The panel met in November 2004 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Since 1986, Eureka Fellowships have recognized artistic excellence (please see list of past recipients attached). In addition to providing cash support, the artists¹ works have been exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Art. The Berkeley Art Museum will be exhibiting work from the 2004 -2006 Eureka Fellowship artists in 2005, from June 8 through August 13.

"This year we had the largest number of submissions ever, which demonstrated to the national selection panel the diversity and quality of artists in our region," remarked Foundation Executive Director Christine Elbel. "By providing artists with funds to support their artistic development, we hope to be a catalyst for the creation of new and exciting work, which benefits both the local community and the field as a whole."

"Our foundation is committed to encouraging individuals who are the source of so much important and enriching visual art," added David Fleishhacker, Foundation President. "We are glad to contribute to making the Bay Area a viable place for professional artists who have chosen to live and work here."

Established in 1947, The Fleishhacker Foundation makes grants to organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area in the fields of arts & Culture, and precollegiate Education.

The project¹s Co-Directors, Jack Walsh and Andy Moore, say they "appreciate the community¹s participation in this process through the great range of nominations received, and for services provided by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Marriott Courtyard San Francisco."

THOMAS CHANG (San Francisco) is a photographer who received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (2000) where he received the David S. McMillan Memorial Award. He is also the recipient of a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award, a Jury Award from Artadia (formerly known as The Art Council, Inc.), a MFA Studio Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts, and a Murphy Fellowship from The San Francisco Foundation. His works have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at Southern Exposure Gallery Landing, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Bay Area Now 3, SF Camerawork Same/Difference, Andrea Schwartz Gallery Chromogenic Prints, GenArt/SF Emerge, Charles H. Scott Gallery in Toronto American Artists, and M.Y. Art Prospects in New York Absence/Presence. Currently he is a docent at Angel Island Immigration Station, where his work examines the use of photography as "document" in the way exotic representations are created through tourism.

For additional information, contact:

The Fleishhacker Foundation
Christine Elbel, Executive Director 
1016 Lincoln Blvd. # 12 
San Francisco, CA 94129 

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