We received more than 100 submissions this year from local artists vying to be named a Mastermind (and, perhaps, get a $2,500 grant). The quality of the entries was truly inspiring. That's why we've named 12 finalists this year instead of the usual 10--read up on this 2010's picks below.
You can see their artwork in person at our Artopia event next Wednesday at Project One. We'll name the three grant winners that night. Hope to see you there.
Tabitha Soren (Photo)
Her face is instantly recognizable to anyone who watched MTV News in the '80s and '90s, but Tabitha Soren has retired from journalism after a decade or so of globetrotting. She has not, however, stopped working. The Berkeley-based Soren has been seriously pursuing photography, with assignments from The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and others, providing public displays of her portraits of people and places. Her primary subject? "Time," she said in a phone interview. Soren tends to find a subject, such as post-Katrina New Orleans, and keep returning to it.