Thursday, December 17, 2009

Denver-based Artist Christopher Coleman Wins Animation Grand Prize in NY

Babelgum, the independent web and mobile video content platform, today announces the winners of its latest effort to showcase new emerging art stars, the Babelgum Metropolis Art Prize chaired by iconic art-house actress and video artist Isabella Rossellini.

The Babelgum Metropolis Grand Prize ($20,000) went to Denver, Colorado-based artist Christopher Coleman for “The Magnitude of the Continental Divide.” An animation exploring the way we define ourselves and our nations, the piece deals with various states of withdrawal and aggression. It is a think-piece on the state of modern warfare, where weapons and damage are dealt impersonally from afar.

A 2003 MFA graduate of New York State University in Buffalo, Coleman is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver. The artist was twice a participant in the VIPER Basel Festival in Switzerland and has had his work in exhibitions in many countries including Singapore, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Germany, France, China, the UK and Latvia. His winning entry can be viewed at