Meet Creative Capital’s 63 Award-Winning Artists, Writers, and Performers
The categories are literature, performing arts, and emerging fields.
Creative Capital‘s 2016 class of award winners includes 63 artists working on 46 projects in three categories: literature, performing arts, and emerging fields, which includes multimedia and interdisciplinary works, digital art, biological art, and sound art. The nonprofit is known for championing artists with innovative and boundary-breaking notions of genre (as evidenced by the inclusion of “biological art”), and artists are given up to $50,000 in funding, as well as a suite of career development services valued at up to $45,000.
Among the winners are Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn, whose installation Gol[den] is based in a foreclosed home in rural California that will be turned into a site for durational performances that explore “the fading myth of economic mobility;” Ligia Bouton, Matt Donovan, and Lei Liang, who have collaborated on Inheritance, a multimedia chamber opera based on the life of a gun heiress; and Joseph Keckler, whose durational performance Let Me Die will enact famous operatic demises.
This year marks the departure of president and executive director Ruby Lerner, who has been in charge of the nonprofit since its inception in 1999. Since then, Creative Capital has awarded over $35 million to approximately 465 projects produced by 579 artists.
Here is the full list of artists awarded grants this year, which includes a diverse group: 50% are people of color, and 52% percent are women.
desveladas (Macarena Hernandez, Sheila Maldonado, Nelly Rosario)
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Cornell Alston and Kaneza Schaal
Peter Born and Okwui Okpokwasili
Ligia Bouton, Matt Donovan and Lei Liang
Ben Thorp Brown
Ellen Sebastian Chang and Amara Tabor-Smith
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Carmelita Tropicana
Ahamefule J. Oluo
Pegasus Warning (Guillermo Brown)
Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Tei Blow and Sean McElroy)
Erika Chong Shuch
Peter Burr and Porpentine
Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo and Sable Smith
Desert ArtLAB (April Bojorquez and Matthew Garcia)
Heather Hart and Jina Valentine
Marisa Morán Jahn
KCHUNG (Luke Fischbeck, Margie Schnibbe and Evan Walsh)
Eva Mattes and Franco Mattes
Chris E. Vargas
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