Our December/January issue’s cover feature is the 2019 GRAY Awards, which took place November 21 at Seattle’s National Nordic Museum. The surprise-filled affair revealed the winners of the third-annual event, with an esteemed judging panel that included Yves Béhar, Mette and Rolf Hay, and Zaha Hadid Architects’ Patrik Schumacher, among others. Each winner received a trophy designed by Seattle artist John Hogan specifically for the occasion. Elsewhere in the issue, we profile dealer Mariane Ibrahim, who’s working to upend clichés about African art and introducing artists of color to the creative community via her new West Town gallery in Chicago. Brooklyn critic Paul D’Agostino explores the effects of criticism as a driving force in the art and design world, particularly in smaller locales. And Kathleen Warren and Lina Cholewinski, specialists in facilitating vibrant urban-art projects, give us a look at their latest Northwest venture.

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