Maia Asshaq
2015 Gilda Award, Literary Arts
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2015 Gilda Award, Visual Arts
Marsae Mitchell
2016 Gilda Award, Live Arts
Ellen Coons
2016 Gilda Award, Film & Music
Austen Brantley
2017 Gilda Award, Visual Arts
Leah V
2017 Gilda Award, Literary Arts

Gilda Awards, $5,000 unrestricted prizes honor Gilda Snowden’s (1954 – 2014) legacy as a mentor and champion of young, emerging artists in metropolitan Detroit. Gilda Award recipients are artists who are early in their artistic career, are gaining momentum and who demonstrate exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form.

IAN FINK
2020 Gilda Award in Film & Music
Music Composition and Performance

KARL KINGSON
2020 Gilda Award in Film & Music
Screenwriting and Film Directing

EMILY ROGERS
2020 Gilda Award in Film & Music
Music Composition and Performance

SUMMER LIKE THE SEASON
2020 Gilda Award in Film & Music
Music Composition and Performance

TEDDYBOY
2020 Gilda Award in Film & Music
Interdisciplinary Work

WE ARE CULTURE CREATORS
2020 Gilda Award in Film & Music
Interdisciplinary Work

CELIA BENVENUTTI
2020 Gilda Award in Live Arts
Dance and Choreography

AJ SIMS
2020 Gilda Award in Live Arts
Dance and Choreography

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING
2020 Gilda Award in Live Arts
Interdisciplinary Work

LIS CHERE THOMAS
2020 Gilda Award in Live Arts
Performance Art

AIKO FUKUCHI
2019 Gilda Award in Literary Arts
Fiction

NOURA BALLOUT
2019 Gilda Award in Visual Arts
Photography

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AISHA ELLIS
2018 Gilda Award in Film & Music
Music Composition and Performance

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ARTHUR CARTWRIGHT
2018 Gilda Award in Film & Music
Screenwriting and Film Directing

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BRANDYN “SKILZ” BURTON
2018 Gilda Award in Live Arts
Dance and Choreography

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SALAKASTAR
2018 Gilda Award in Live Arts
Theatre, Performance Art

Leah V

LEAH V
2017 Gilda Award in Literary Arts
Creative Non-Fiction

AUSTEN BRANTLEY
2017 Gilda Award in Visual Arts
Sculpture

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ELLEN COONS
2016 Gilda Award in Film & Music
Animation

Marsae Mitchell

MARSAE MITCHELL
2016 Gilda Award in Live Arts
Choreography

MAIA ASSHAQ
2015 Gilda Award in Literary Arts
Poetry

SACRAMENTO KNOXX
2015 Gilda Award in Visual Arts
Interdisciplinary Work

About Gilda

Gilda Snowden

Gilda Snowden (1954 – 2014) was one of the eighteen inaugural artists to receive a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2009. Snowden served as Interim Chair and Professor of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies where she taught painting for more than 30 years. “Professor Gilda Snowden was one of the great figures at the College for Creative Studies and in the Detroit arts community — an exuberant and prolific painter, an activist, and an incredibly involved and caring teacher and mentor,” says Richard L. Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies in 2015 when the awards were introduced. “By assisting emerging artists, the Gilda Awards celebrate her deep commitment to nurturing new generations of artists. Everyone at CCS is delighted that Kresge Arts in Detroit is honoring our beloved colleague in such a meaningful way.”