Awardee: Mario Ybarra, Jr.

Visual Arts, 2008

Mario Ybarra, Jr. is a founding member of the artists’ collective Slanguage. His work has been featured in a number of institutional exhibitions, including _Alien Nation_ at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and _Uncertain States of America_, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, as part of the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. Ybarra curated a ten-year survey of graffiti art at the Inshallah Gallery in Los Angeles, commissioned by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. He is a guest lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and was featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Project: Curry Corndog Stand

_Curry Corndog Stand_ is a public art intervention on Broadway Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Ybarra is developing, producing and selling corndogs at a homemade stand in order to explore one of Los Angeles’s most well-known cultural crossroads and engage viewers around such subjects as food, identity, marketing and history. The _Curry Corndog Stand_ is part of _Project Broadway_, a series of temporary site-specific installations taking place on a six-block stretch of Broadway Avenue.