cloud prize

As part of its ongoing mission to support and facilitate artistic development, Cloud Coffee began its annual Cloud Prize in 2013. The Cloud Prize is a monetary award given by Cloud Coffee to new and emerging artists residing in the US. Past jurors include Phong Bui (Co-founder, editor and publisher of the Brooklyn Rail), Anthony Elms (Associate curator at the ICA and co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial), and Adelina Vlas (former Assistant Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art).



Recipients, 2015

Michelle Boulé |

Michelle Boulé is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. Her work investigates the physical expression of consciousness, through exploring the information held and conveyed by the body and how that relates to a cultural landscape. Boulé’s performances include White, Danspace Project, NYC (2015); WONDER, ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn (2013); and an ongoing collaborative duo with Okkyung Lee. Residencies: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development, NYC; Movement Research, NYC; ISSUE Project Room; Dance Ireland, Dublin, Ireland; SKITE, Caen, France. Awards: Boekelheide Creativity Award, Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant, “Bessie” Award.

Joe DeVera |

Joe DeVera was born in Davao, Philippines and currently lives and works in Southern California.  He received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art and his BFA in Painting from California State University, Fullerton, where he now also serves as an adjunct lecturer. His recent works explore the possible relationships between historiography and art objects, while simultaneously investigating the cultural networks of human conflict.  He has been the recipient of the Alice Kimball Traveling Fellowship, the John A Carrafiell Scholarship and was recently accepted for the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency.


Anthony Elms, 2014 juror     Photo Credit: Erin Leland

Anthony Elms, 2014 juror
Photo Credit: Erin Leland

Recipients, 2014

Suzanne Seesman |

Suzanne Seesman is a Philadelphia based artist who grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC. She studied International Studies and Fine Arts at Ohio University graduating with a BFA in Sculpture and received her MFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art. In addition to working as an artist, Suzanne has worked in education, labor rights, and the service industry. She spent a year working as an AmeriCorps VISTA with high-school students in Northern California's central valley and is currently the Co-Director of The St.Claire, a critical arts publication and organization. 

Her past and current work experiences have a significant influence on her current practice. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Virginia Commonwealth University and is looking forward to co-teaching a Sculpture course titled "the (im)possibility of autonomy" with artist Zach Rawe at Tyler School of Art this coming fall. 

Her work relies on sculptural and performative methods for thinking through the idealisms of the last century. Educational, political, and social movements are memorialized, criticized, and interrogated through various formats including drawing, sculpture, video and performance. 

Kara Crombie |

Kara Crombie is a video, animation, and sound artist who lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a recipient of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Headlands Center for the Arts Fellowship. She was featured in the Philadelphia International Festivals of the Arts in 2013 and the Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge in 2009. From 2007 to 2012 she was a member of the Philadelphia-based art collective Vox Populi. Her work has been exhibited and screened at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Tate Modern, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, Pageant Soloveev Gallery, and Art Space in New Haven, CT. 

Sophia Cleary |

Sophia Cleary is a performance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder and coordinator of the works-in-progress series REHEARSAL and is co-editor for Ugly Duckling Presse’s performance annual publication, Emergency INDEX. She has worked with Neal Medlyn, Ann Liv Young, Dynasty Handbag (Jibz Cameron), Vanessa Anspaugh, Alexandra Bachzetsis and the Kate Bush Dance Troupe. She has presented her work at New York venues such as the Center for Performance Research, Danspace Project, and Dixon Place. Her latest project is playing drums in Penis, a feminist punk band co-founded with Samara Davis. 

Adelina Vlas, 2013 juror    Photo Credit:  © Courtesy of MICA - Maryland Institute College of Art

Adelina Vlas, 2013 juror
Photo Credit: © Courtesy of MICA -
Maryland Institute College of Art

Recipients, 2013

Kylie Lockwood |

Kylie Lockwood was born in Detroit, Michigan. She received her MFA from Hunter College in New York City and BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Lockwood has exhibited internationally in Berlin, London, Madrid, New York, Philadelphia, Miami and Detroit. She currently teaches in the Fine Art Department at the College for Creative Studies and is a member of the studio/exhibition space, Cave at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit.

Evertt Beidler |

Evertt A. Beidler is a multi-disciplinary artist currently residing in Portland, Oregon.  His work is included in private collections across the United States, the permanent collection of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and on public display at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers in Cairo, Illinois, which is the first public commission of his career.  Evertt’s current work combines humor, elements of film, performance, public art, and the technical aspects of producing a functional sculpture into a single endeavor.  Images and reviews of Evertt’s work have been featured in publications such as Sculpture Magazine, Port, Culturephile: Portland Arts, Blog4Culture, and the Seattle Weekly.  

Jacque Liu |

Jacque Liu was born in Taipei, Taiwan.  He received his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art and his B.F.A. from Alfred University.  Liu has exhibited nationally and internationally in Asia, Europe, and the United States.  Liu has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a Fulbright Scholarship to Berlin, Germany.  While in Germany, Liu co-founded project space and artist residency Takt Kunstprojektraum.   Liu has been involved with various artist collectives and is currently a member at Grizzly Grizzly.  He lives in Philadelphia, PA.