FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2022
City of Kingston Bestows Third Distinguished Artist Award
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble the Kingston Arts Commission are pleased to announce the recipient of the third bi-annual City of Kingston Distinguished Artist Award will be presented to performance artist Jaguar Mary X. The Distinguished Artist Award ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 26 at 5:30pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.
“Our local artists are a big component of Kingston’s unique spirit and contribute greatly to our City’s character and charm,” said Mayor Noble. “I am pleased to support our creative community and to present this award to a talented artist. Congratulations to Jaguar Mary X for this deserved honor.”
Marielena Ferrer-Harrington, Chair of the Arts Commission said, “The Kingston Arts Commission is proud to have initiated the Distinguished Artist Award and congratulates Jaguar Mary who combines commitment to the art form with a commitment to the City's cultural life.”
Jaguar Mary X (they/them) is a performance artist, glossolalia vocalist, filmmaker, and hoop dancer. Their specific concerns, and the directives that have driven their art practice, engage black feminist discourse, questions of history, and ritual performance and practice in art. Jaguar Mary has shown and performed internationally at the Johannesburg and Havana Biennials, the New Museum, Museum of Modern Art, KARST Gallery in the UK and Dietch Projects in New York. In 2020, they were commissioned to make work for the Public Art Fund and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. They also received grants from the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Jaguar Mary is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, has an MFA in Film and Video from California Institute for the Arts, and received a full scholarship from Pratt Institute and completed an MFA in Performance and Performance Studies in May 2019. Jaguar Mary X is a Kingston resident.
The panel for the Distinguished Artist Award was comprised of five Kingston residents: Dominick Hiddo, painter; Brian Mahoney, editor; Kai Navarette, visual artist; Sarah Reiter, writer/director; and Laura Victoria Ward, choreographer/dancer.
This event is open to the public. For more information, visit www.kingston-ny.gov/distinguishedartists
The City of Kingston Arts Commission’s mission is to strengthen the local economy by attracting and promoting artists, arts venues, and arts entrepreneurs; encouraging cultural tourism; creating opportunities for training and employment in a range of creative fields; and enhancing quality of life amenities that make Kingston a more attractive city in which to live. By so doing, the City of Kingston gains greater regional and national recognition.