1st Place recipient
Ian McMahon received his MFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. From 2009 to 2013 he was a recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, in 2015 he was awarded a NYFA Artist Fellowship, and in 2016 he was a first place recipient of the Virginia Groot Foundation Fellowship. McMahon’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally at venues including: Crane Arts (Philadelphia,), Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute (Jingdezhen, China), The Pacific North West College of Art (Portland), Pierogi Boiler Room (New York), G-Fine Arts (Washington), Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts (Omaha), Suyama Space (Seattle), and T & H Gallery (Boston) among others. From mobile tractor-trailer to abandoned warehouse to galleries, McMahon’s work confronts and transforms both unconventional and conventional spaces. His sculptures challenge the permanence of art and the permanence of place through performative and materially focused temporal constructions. Currently living in Hornell, NY he is the co-founder and co-director of the Belfry, an artist run exhibition venue.