CONGRATULATIONS: to Kim Schoenstadt at Chimento Contemporary


Kim Schoenstadt wins Inaugural VOLTA NY x Baha Mar Art Prize & Residency

At be-Art, we are proud to have her in our Emerging Artist Selection,

New York: March 11, 2018: Amanda Coulson (VOLTA Artistic Director), John Cox (Creative Director at Baha Mar), Saul Ostrow (independent curator, New York) and Uli Voges (Co-Founder VOLTA art fairs) selected Kim Schoenstadt as the inaugural recipient of the Baha Mar Art Prize & Residency, presented by The Current.
Eva Chimento left and Kim Schoenstadt right


As part of the award, The Current will acquire a substantial work from Schoenstadt’s oevre and provide a residency at their studio space at BahaMar in Nassau, the capital city of The Bahamas. Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles, presented the work at VOLTA NY.

“The responsibility of me and my team to create an authentic creative impact for Baha Mar is enormous, and I don’t take it lightly,” commented Cox, following the announcement. He noted Baha Mar, “has been very supportive in promoting culture — Bahamian culture, visual culture — and they did not hesitate when we wanted to participate in VOLTA, nor did they hesitate when we wanted to take it a step further to initiate this prize.”

the piece rewarded


Schoenstadt’s work explores the junctures of architecture, sculpture, color, line, history, culture and concepts. She creates “mash-up drawings” that empower her to defy the laws of gravity and incorporate architecture into site-specific installations that engage audiences throughout the construction process. Schoenstadt’s conceptual projects are often large-scale and socially focused. Her site-specific project for VOLTA NY 2018, Exercise in Perspective #3, features a single large wall drawing where viewers pull and anchor the twine of perspective lines, throughout the duration of the fair. This audience involvement is a new step for the artist, and by “opening up” involving them in the creative and execution stage, they understand deeply the artist’s concerns and process.

Ostrow was likewise reflective of the seriousness of this first award. “Whoever we chose would make it policy,” he said. “It marks the first international piece in Baha Mar’s collection. This award to Kim establishes that [an artwork] that is not an object is acceptable.”

Both artist and gallery were elated, and Schoenstadt conveyed further that, “as artists, we support one another, we don’t close doors, we open them.” Cox agreed, adding, “we can begin this international dialogue with a great artist, in the hope of creating a meaningful human interaction, as she becomes part of the family.”

For her residency in New Providence, Schoenstadt will travel throughout the island, study the city, and then create a large-scale commission for Baha Mar.

The idea of investigating The Bahamas’ architectural history and how the government responds to its people, as well as how her works require us to see things from another perspective, was particularly meaningful to the committee. Her commission will be both playful and captivating.

About Kim Schoenstadt

Born in Chicago and currently living and working in Venice, CA, Kim Schoenstadt received her BFA from Pitzer College, CA.

Her selected solo and two-person exhibitions and projects include: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL; Santa Monica, Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LA, CA; Susan Inglet Gallery, New York, NY; Sabine Knust Gallery, Munich, Germany; Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; M29 Richter & Bruckner Gallery, Koln, Germany. Group exhibitions include: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Il; Sprueth/Magers Gallery, Munich, Germany; LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Prague Biennale, Prague, CR; Poland Biennale, Lodz, PL; International Print Center, NY; Getty Center, LA, CA; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, GB. Her work is in such major collections as the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, Creative Artists Agency, LA, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL., and the private collection of Fred Sands among others.