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Ajene Williams_photo at SlossIt is our pleasure to announce that Birmingham’s Ajene Williams, Artist in Residence at Sloss Furnaces Metal Arts, has been selected as the 23rd recipient of Magic City Art Connection’s (#MagicCityArt) Emerging Artist Award. The contemporary art festival hands out this honor annually to a talented Birmingham artist. The award was established to spotlight, support and present new artists of great artistic potential and integrity to the Festivals sponsors, patrons and public. In addition to being prominently featured at the 33rd annual contemporary art festival, Ajene will receive a $350 cash award, tickets to some of MCAC’s big events like Art Bash and Corks & Chefs, and will be recognized at MCAC’s Friday Night Applause Awards dinner.

“For Ajene Williams, the world is a lab for understanding, contemplation and knowledge. At the age of 23, he has mastered the craft of carving into wax what he sees beyond the surface of his subjects. Williams’ sculptures require time to grasp his deep insights, yet they provide profound clarity and awe-inspiring knowledge of what otherwise is lost.” Look for Ajene at Sloss’ Iron pour, which will be part of Fire & Ice Art Bash March 19.

To read more about Ajene’s inspiring artistic journey from Woodlawn High School to Artist in Residence at Sloss Furnaces, check out his Emerging Artist page on our website. Click here.

41st Annual MCAC

April 26-28, 2024