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Announcing the HUBweek Art Awards

Written by Leonie Bradbury | Feb 7, 2019 7:37:00 PM

2018 was an amazing year for the arts in Greater Boston. There were so many cool projects, exciting public commissions, new arts venues, and significant exhibitions and performances that showcased artists and ideas overdue for critical acclaim.

We feel inspired and proud to be a part of such a vibrant arts community, and want to celebrate the artists and institutions who represent the best of Greater Boston's creative ecosystem. So, we decided to hand out some awards...

This year's HUBweek Art Awards will recognize 39 projects in 10 categories, from innovative art spaces to provocative performance art to fresh new murals. Nominated and voted on by the Greater Boston arts community, the nominees showcase the vibrancy of this region. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's winners on February 25, 2019!

So without further ado, the nominees:


Innovative Art Spaces

ICA Watershed, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Seaport Boulevard, Boston

Studio Allston Hotel, Allston


Significant Survey Exhibitions

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge

Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement, Boston College McMullen Museum of Art, Boston

Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln

We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston


Curatorial Gems

Coded., Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts

Nine Moments For Now, The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, Harvard University

Under a Dismal Boston Skyline, Boston University Art Galleries


Provocative Performance Art

Bashezo, Space With Those Without Names, CASTLEDRONE

Coleslaw’s Corner, Boston’s Best Drag Queens, Museum of Science Boston

Karen Young, Older and Bolder, Grove Hall Senior Center

Martin Creed, Words and Music, Peabody Essex Museum at the Boston Center for the Arts

Smolnikova + Williams, Rainbow Collapse, Boston Center for the Arts

Various artists, Fog x FLO performances, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy


Impactful Public Art

Beyond Walls, Lynn Lights, Lynn

Cynthia Gunadi and Joel Lamere, Lost House, Now + There in Dorchester

Fujiko Nakaya, Fog x FLO, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Liz Glynn, Open House, Now + There at the Commonwealth Avenue Mall

Steve Locke, Three Deliberate Grays For Freddie (A Memorial For Freddie Gray), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Fresh New Murals

IMAGINE (Sneha Shrestha), For Cambridge with Love from Nepal, Central Square, Cambridge

Marka27 (Victor Quiñonez), Love Thyself, Grove Hall

Percy Fortini-Wright, Central Square mural, Cambridge

Shara Hughes, Carving Out Fresh Options, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy


Participatory Projects

Caitlin Foley, Heather Kapplow and Misha Rabinovich, Sweat it Out, Fort Point Arts Community

Stephanie Cardon, Unless, Now + There at Prudential Center

Steve Locke, Love Letter to a Library, Boston Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture

William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects, ICA Boston


Free Public Art Event

BAMS Festival



Art in Motion

Abby Z and the New Utility, abandoned playground, ICA Boston

ANIKAYA Dance Theater, Conference of the Birds, Boston Center for the Arts

Boston Dance Theatre, ICA Boston


Best in Art, Science, and Tech

Ani Liu, Laboratory of Longings: The Experiments of Ani Liu, Boston Center for the Arts

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, ICA Boston

Artificial Creativity: Neural Network and Augmented Intelligence Art, Boston Cyberarts

Joy Buolamwini, AI, Ain’t I a WomanThe Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, Harvard University

Stephanie Benenson, Harbor Voices, and Ereni Markos, My name translated is Strength, ILLUMINUS