Creative Capital Awards $4,370,000 So Artists Can Finish What They Began

Danielle Dean, still from Trainers (2014)

Creative Capital announced this morning that it will grant a total of $4,370,000 for 46 art projects to be completed. The grant is part of its annual awards program.

Drawing on principles of venture capital, the selection committee seeks out artists whose visions are bold, innovative, and challenging to preconceived notions of genre. The goal of the program is to surround these artists with the tools and finances necessary to realize their visions.

Each funded project receives up to $50,000 in direct funding dispersed at key points throughout its life span, plus additional resources and advisory services.

This year’s grantees, ranging in age from 28 to 80, were whittled during a three-stage process from a nationwide pool of over 3,700 applicants. They hail from 13 states, plus Puerto Rico and Canada. More than half are women, and more than half identify as non-European American.

Jon Kessler, The Web (2013)

Jon Kessler, The Web (2013)

Award recipients in the Moving Image category are: Michael Almereyda, Martha Colburn, Cherien Dabis, Christopher Harris, Lauren Kelley, Maryam Keshavarz, Klip Collective (Josh James and Ricardo Rivera), Andy Kropa, Lily & Honglei, Shola Lynch, Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen, Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva, Lofty Nathan, Pat O’Neill, Carlo Ontal, Lorelai Pepi, Shawn Peters, Jennifer Reeder, Jon Rubin, Ry Russo-Young, Lee Anne Schmitt, Dan Schneidkraut, and Travis Wilkerson.

Award recipients in the Visual Arts category are: A.K. Burns, Heather Cassils, Caroline Caycedo, Mike Crane, Danielle Dean, Abigail DeVille, Maria Gaspar, Mariam Ghani, Eric Gottesman, Titus Kaphar, Jon Kessler, Narcissister, Brittany Nelson, Lorraine O’Grady, Jeanine Oleson, Gala Porras-Kim, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Carrie Schneider, Anna Sew Hoy, Amie Siegel, Katrin Sigurdardottir, Wu Tsang, and Ivan Velez.

Amie Siegel, still from Winter (2013)

Amie Siegel, still from Winter (2013)

“We are committed to supporting ambitious new work through an open application process, providing a resource for artists who challenge the field but may not be familiar to larger audiences,” said Lisa Dent, director of resources and award programs. “Evaluators are asked to look for risk at every stage by selecting ‘wild cards’—projects that may not have received one of their highest scores but stuck with them as exciting or timely.”

Since 1999, Creative Capital’s annual awards program has provided funding to 579 artists including Theaster Gates, Janine Antoni, Meredith Monk, and The Yes Men.

For more information about Creative Capital and the specific projects funded this year, visit its website.


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