Upcoming exhibition Deborah Roberts: I'm receives 2020 Art Works Award from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Contemporary Austin announces that it has received a grant of $35,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of the upcoming exhibition Deborah Roberts: I’m, opening at the museum’s downtown Jones Center location on January 23, 2021. The Art Works award is among $84 million in grants announced this morning by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter, as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020.

“We are honored to receive this Art Works award on behalf of The Contemporary and the very important exhibition of works by Deborah Roberts,” said Margie Rine, Interim Executive Director. “Roberts’s practice addresses issues that we hope will encourage important conversations in our community during the run of the exhibition. Her compelling work weaves together history and culture, celebrates the Black body and Black identity, and draws attention to our nation’s history of racism. We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting and recognizing an artist of Roberts’s stature and relevance.”

Read the full press release here.

IMAGE: Deborah Roberts, The duty of disobedience, 2020. Mixed media collage on canvas. 72 x 100 inches. Artwork © Deborah Roberts. Courtesy the artist; Vielmetter Los Angeles; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Paul Bardagjy.