Joe’s Pub Teams Up With Creative Capital for a 15th Anniversary Celebration!

Joe’s Pub at The Public joins Creative Capital’s 15th anniversary celebration with a slate of performances by some of New York’s most adventurous and exciting artists—Lisa Kron, Danny Hoch, Kalup Linzy, Jomama Jones & Samora Pinderhughes, and Champagne Jerry. Running November 24-26, the series exemplifies the shared goal of both organizations to support innovative artists making interdisciplinary work. Tickets ($15-20) are now available online.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Joe’s Pub on this great series featuring Creative Capital’s performing arts awardees,” said Ruby Lerner, Founding Executive Director, Creative Capital. “All of us at Creative Capital are huge fans of Joe’s Pub, and it’s wonderful to celebrate our shared commitment to supporting adventurous artists over the past 15 years.” Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Creative Capital’s 15th Anniversary Benefit & Auction

Christopher Cooper, Paige West, Meg Miles and Ruby Lerner

Christopher Cooper and Benefit host Paige West, with Meg Miles and Ruby Lerner

Last week, we continued our 15th Anniversary celebration with our Benefit and Auction. Nearly 200 guests came out to the gorgeous Studio 450 in Chelsea, which boasts stunning rooftop views. We were so lucky to have four incredible Creative Capital Awardees perform for our guests: Kristina Wong was our hilarious emcee; Daniel Bernard Roumain played an emotional tribute to Ruby Lerner and the impact of performing arts on his life; Sanford Biggers and his band Moon Medicin rocked the house with their performance and accompanying projection of Biggers’ video work; and Jace Clayton (DJ /rupture) provided the soundtrack for the rest of the night. It was a magical evening, and we couldn’t have done it without the generous support of our Benefit Chair, Paige West, and all the members of the Host and Benefit Committees. Continue reading

Sanford Biggers’ Band Moon Medicin To Perform at Creative Capital Benefit

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We’re so excited that Sanford Bigger’s band, Moon Medicin, will be playing at our 15th Anniversary Benefit next Tuesday, October 21! Sanford is a 2008 Visual Arts awardee, but his work is truly interdisciplinary—encompassing sculpture, installation, performance, and the music he makes with Moon Medicin. To preview their music and videos, check out their amazing website.

To purchase tickets for the Benefit event, click here.

15th Anniversary Auction: Bid Online Now!

Quintan Ana Wikswo, "LIGHT:LICHT (from SONDERBAUTEN: THE SPECIAL BLOCK)," 2014 120mm Film Photograph / Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, 24 1/4″ x 30 1/2″ (framed). Edition of 25

Quintan Ana Wikswo, “LIGHT:LICHT (from SONDERBAUTEN: THE SPECIAL BLOCK),” 2014 120mm Film Photograph / Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, 24 1/4″ x 30 1/2″ (framed). Edition of 25

Creative Capital’s 15th Anniversary Auction is now live! Bid online on artworks contributed by Creative Capital Artists, including Patty Chang, Chris Doyle, Brent Green, Jennie C. Jones, Paul Shambroom and many others. We also have a stunning photo edition by LA-based artist Connie Samaras, which is available with the purchase of all Premium Tickets to the Benefit ($500). Plus, for $50 you can enter our Miami Art Fairs raffle for a chance to win a free stay in a deluxe, ocean-front room at the Delano South Beach during the December art fairs.

Online bidding closes on Tuesday, October 21 at 5pm EST, and the auction will continue with silent bidding at our 15th Anniversary Benefit that night (tickets are still available!). Browse all auction items at auction.creative-capital.org, and scroll down to preview some highlights.

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Kickstarter School: Learning to Connect

Kickstarter: "Bring Creative Projects to Life"On Monday, October 20th at 7pm EST, Kickstarter Art Program Director Stephanie Pereira presents her “Kickstarter School” webinar, an invaluable primer on how to bring a Kickstarter project to life. Deep dive into a case study of a successful project and learn how to structure a campaign, what kinds of rewards work best, how to spread the word, and other helpful tips. Below, Stephanie shares a few of her notes on what makes a strong Kickstarter campaign, as well as examples of some successfully funded projects.

Kickstarter can be a powerful tool for artists and arts organizations. If used well, your Kickstarter project is not only an opportunity to raise money for an important project, but also a way to introduce a project to a new audience. Continue reading

Reaching Constituencies: Brainstorming a Targeted Marketing Strategy

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Marketing yourself and your artistic work can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, marketing may be closer to your creative process than you think. 

The following exercise, developed by Ruby Lerner, Creative Capital President and Executive Director, is a step-by-step method for using brainstorming (and other people!) to help define and expand your audience. 

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Putting Your Best Face Forward: Smartphone Photos for Your Artist Website

Sue SchaffnerOn Monday, October 6th at 7pm EST, artist Sue Schaffner presents her “Web, Blog & Email Essentials” webinar, an overview of best practices for your website, blog, and email marketing and communications. Below, Sue offers some tips on how to create a professional-level bio photo with your smartphone, a big step in creating a great first impression online.

Being an artist doesn’t mean taking your personality out of your work. People love to know about your process. How did you do that? Why did you do that? What’s it like to be you? Without answers to some of those basic questions, it’s difficult to become connected to your work. Continue reading

The Making of “Window” by Kerry Skarbakka

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Kerry Skarbakka, “Window,” 2009

As we gear up for Creative Capital’s presentation at the 2014 IdeaFestival in Louisville, we asked one of the presenting artists, Kerry Skarbakka (2005 Visual Arts), to contribute to our blog. He responded with “The Making of Window,” a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how he created the photograph (shown above) of the artist jumping through a window.

In his ongoing series, The Struggle to Right Oneself, Skarbakka photographs himself in extreme situations, and his works explore the physical and psychological effects of the environment on the body. Skarbakka wrote to us, “In 2009, during the height of the recession, I wanted to make an image that reflected the effects of the housing crisis. Because of the sheer difficulty of making this particular shot, Window has always been one of my favorite images.” Continue reading