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It is our pleasure to announce that Birmingham’s Jared Ragland has been selected as the 19th recipient of Magic City Art Connection’s (MCAC/#MCACBham) 2015 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.

Jared is currently the Visual Media and Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also teaches photography. He is joining a distinguished list of 18 other talented Birmingham artists who have been awarded this honor. In addition to being prominently featured at the 32nd annual contemporary art festival, Jared 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. As part of this honor, the festival commissions 30 works of art to be placed with major sponsors and other important contributors and collectors.

Over the last 18 years of this locally-awarded honor, photographers have been its recipient only twice. In 2015, we look forward to showcasing a talented local artist and educator whose artistic vision has exceled in this dynamic, impactful, and ever-changing artist medium. Join us downtown at the 32nd annual festival April 24-26.


Learn about Jared, plus see images of his most recent work on his Emerging Artist page. Click here.

Most recent Emerging Artist Honorees:

2014   Sarah Heath – Sculpture & Installation
2013   Christopher Davis – Painting
2012   Daisy Winfrey – Mixed Media
2011   Kristin Skees – Photograhpy
2010   Binx Newton – Mixed Media
2009   Spencer Shoults – Mixed Media
2008   Walt Creel – Mixed Media
2007   John Fields – Painting
2006   Clayton Colvin – Mixed Media
2005   Jane Timberlake – Mixed Media
2004   Merrilee Challiss – Mixed Media
2003   Amy Pleasant Henderson – Painting
2002   Annie Kammerer Butrus – Painting
2001   Joel Seah – Painting, Mixed Media
2000   Allen Peterson – Sculpture
1999   Dan Bynum – Mixed Media
1998   Beth Rogers – Photography
1997   AntJuan Oden – Mixed Media



41st Annual MCAC

April 26-28, 2024