Alan Xie (Tucker), instructor of Art at Clayton State University, was recently a winner of The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s (MOCA) 2010/2011 Working Artist Project.
The MOCA GA Working Artists Project Award provides an unparalleled level of support during the year for three visual artists, and includes:
* Exhibitions beginning in April 2011
* A stipend for each artist in the amount of $12,000
* A paid studio assistant for up to 300 hours during the year of the project
* The opportunity to interface with collectors, other artists, and the general public through programming and studio visits
* Documentation of the artists' history and work in MOCA GA's Oral History Project, as well as the Museum's Education/Resource Center
* Presentation of their work in a solo exhibition at MOCA GA at the end of the project's term
* Inclusion of one work of each artist in the Museum's permanent collection
* An accompanying full-color catalogue documenting the exhibition of all three artists
“To be a recipient of this award means a lot to me,” Xie says. “First of all, it means my art is accepted by the Atlanta art community. Second, I'll have the experience of working on a solo exhibition on a museum scale. It is also a very good opportunity that will let me introduce the art program of Clayton State University to the Atlanta art community, and it will promote the University's image in the Atlanta art and culture scene.”
The MOCA program is supported by a major grant from The Charles Loridans Foundation with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Allison Unruh, assistant curator of Contemporary Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, served as this year's guest juror.
Xie is enthusiastic about his experience at the University, where he has been a faculty member for seven years.
“I love to share my art with my students and colleagues. To exchange ideas with my students is very important to me,” Xie says. “It is part of my teaching philosophy.”
Originally from the People’s Republic of China, Xie has been teaching and working as a painter in United States since 1999. He received a BFA from the China Academy of Art in sculpture and a MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in painting.