YES MA'AM PROJECTS is pleased to announce the winner of the first annual (hopefully)
YES MA'AM Colorado Artist Grant. Our juror, Max Weintraub has selected Adam Milner
to receieve the $1500 grant. Here is what Max had to say about the process:

"I was very impressed with the breadth of media and the varied approaches to art making
demonstrated by all of the Colorado based artists submitted for consideration. To be
exposed to such a range of fine artistic production was an honor and pleasure. I have
selected Adam Milner as the recipient of this year's award for his compelling explorations
of human psychology and the body. Integrating life and art in original and at times sexually
charged ways, Milner produces work that is intimate and confessional while also keenly
attuned to the politics and economies of desire that constitute both intersubjective
experience and the making and viewing of art."

Adam Milner's work may be seen here

In addition, artist Scott Johnson was chosen as an honorable mention.

We would like to thank this year's nominators as well as the artists who were asked to
submit portfoliios and websites. We can't wait to make this process happen again next year!


Interview with 2013 grant winner Adam Milner conducted on October 22, 2014


Adam Milner: Hi!

YMP: Last year you won the first annual Yes Ma'am Colorado Artist Grant. What have you been
up to since then?

AM: I've been busy with my art practice. I've been making a lot of experiments and have participated
in a few exhibitions locally and elsewhere, most notably showing a somewhat colossal archive from
my Torsos series at Gildar Gallery this summer. I have a small solo project opening at David B Smith
Gallery this next year as well. I have recently begun working on a Master's degree at Carnegie
Mellon. I'm making a lot of photographs, performances, drawings, situations, books, and objects
looking at issues of privacy, loneliness, and a confusion about what it means for something to
be real. I also teamed up with Jeromie Dorrance to start an exhibition space in the RiNo
district of Denver called DATELINE. We've been creating solo and group exhibitions with local,
national and international artists, and DATELINE's sixth exhibition just opened.

YMP: What did it feel like to get a mysterious envelope full of cash?

AM: It felt really great, both for my practice to be appreciated and to experience the arts
being supported in a very tangible way. Artists often devote their lives to cultivating a practice
and creating work to share with an audience, and unfortunately, to choose this profession often
means to devote oneself to a life of volunteer work. Artists are seldom paid for what they do,
and they usually incur the expenses when they mount exhibitions for the public. Small stipends
and budgets can sometimes offset some minor costs, but these seem rarer than they should be.
It's expensive to be an artist (studios, materials, printing, framing, shipping, transportation,
documentation, websites, etc.) and the cultural mindset doesn't currently address this in a
sustainable way. Art takes a lot of people to make happen – curators, designers, preparators,
fabricators – but it seems the only person that doesn't get paid is the artist. It's really incredible
and inspiring to see the conversation starting to shift, and to see support for artists starting to
manifest in the form of grants like this. Also, it felt sexy and mysterious like I was a spy.

YMP: What did you do with the money if you want to tellllllllll....?

AM: First I rubbed it on my body and then I went to the bank and deposited it in my account.
Since then, life has continued as usual; I continued to eat, pay rent and my other bills, and
work as an artist. But I also went to the dentist and got a physical at the doctor's office,
as well as applied for graduate schools. I wish I could say I made a new project, or bought
everyone drinks, or even got fancy designer shoes, but in reality, it just became part of my
life and I continued working. The grant money had a very tangible effect on my life, and
helped continue to live and make work.

YMP: Thanks!!!

adam milner

Adam Milner's Studio at Carnegie Mellon University


Untitled (for Genevieve Miller, third grade love) Ink on paper 11 X 8.5


Self portrait 2014