Mike Cloud: recipient of the 2015 Chiaro Award

Mike Cloud: recipient of the 2015 Chiaro Award

Headlands Center for the Arts

Mike Cloud, Lesser Evil, 2013. Oil on canvas, 43 x 37 inches.
September 23, 2014
Mike Cloud: recipient of the 2015 Chiaro Award

Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965


Headlands Center for the Arts is pleased to announce Mike Cloud as the inaugural recipient of the Chiaro Award, a fully sponsored artist residency and cash prize for an accomplished mid-career painter residing in the United States. The Chiaro Award is designed to have a meaningful impact on the life and career of one artist per year, by both recognizing past success and fostering the ability to continue to produce exceptional and exemplary work in the medium of painting. Receiving over 150 applicants in its first year, the 2015 Chiaro Award was selected by a panel of jurists including Anne Ellegood (Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum), and visual artist Suzanne McClelland.

2015 Chiaro Awardee Mike Cloud has been featured in solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; the Gallery at Lincoln Center, New York; and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska, with work in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Eileen Harris-Norton, Santa Monica; and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery. Additionally, he has shown work in group exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and White Columns, New York. Cloud earned his MFA in 2003 from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was awarded the Barry Schactman Prize in Painting.

The Chiaro Award includes a residency of six to ten weeks at Headlands Center for the Arts with dedicated use of a private studio, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and a cash award of 15,000 USD. The Chiaro Awardee will become part of the dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ programs, sharing in peer-to-peer creative exchange while continuing to develop a rigorous, individual artistic practice. Next year’s application period is anticipated to run April 13–June 5; please check www.headlands.org in early 2015 for confirmation.

More about 2015 Chiaro Awardee, Mike Cloud at headlands.org/artist/mike-cloud.


About Artists Programs at Headlands
Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marin Headlands, a part of the Golden Gate National Parks. Artists Programs at Headlands are designed to support artists, the creative process, and the development of new, important work. These programs provide opportunities for research, experimentation, professional development, and peer-to-peer exchange—and ultimately aim to foster creative breakthroughs and new modes of working and thinking.

By bringing together local, national, and international artists from a wide range of disciplines—including visual and interdisciplinary artists, architects, dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, writers, and curators—Headlands programs enable the exchange of ideas and approaches that help catalyze new cultural and social perspectives. All told, more than 70 artists participate in Headlands programs each year.


Headlands Center for the Arts announces Mike Cloud as the recipient of the inaugural 2015 Chiaro Award

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