The Arts Writers Grant Program Announces 2016 Grantees

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Photo from “Transplant Exploits: Detroit’s Savior Complex” on ARTS.BLACK by Taylor Aldridge

The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 grants. Designed to support writing about contemporary art, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.

In its 2016 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant Program has awarded a total of $695,000 to twenty writers. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in four categories—articles, blogs, books and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to self-published blogs.

It’s an exciting bunch of writers and scholars! Check it out below, as well as a closer look at one project from each category.

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Time to Create: Upcoming Grant and Residency Opportunities

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ANIMA by Studio Nick Verstand. Photo by Nick Verstand. Courtesy of SXSW.com.

Uninterrupted time for art making is precious and too often elusive. A residency can reinvigorate an idling practice or provide essential time to finish a big project. The list below has something for artists of all disciplines with opportunities in international metropolises and remote villages.

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Internet for Artists: Best Practices for Effective Emails

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This is an excerpt from our Internet for Artists (IFA) Handbook. The IFA handbook is a collaborative online resource given to participants of Creative Capital’s Internet for Artists workshops. On December 8, from 7:00-8:30pm ET, join artist leader Sue Schaffner for our Website, Blog, & Email Essentials webinar where you will learn the full scope of best practices for managing your internet presence as an artist.

Some basic strategies for effective email communications

With the help of email, sending out communications about your projects couldn’t be any easier. Now commonplace and long accepted as a norm within the arts community, email is fast, easy, and cost-effective, but it’s not without its challenges. Getting your reader to open your message and read it is more difficult than you may imagine. Some strategies include:

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Creative Capital Artists and Their Work Head to Miami

It’s that time of year again when artists head to Miami for the numerous art fairs. If you’re in town, be sure to check out these Creative Capital artists around town. The fairs are open Dec 1-4.

Art Basel Miami Fair
Edgar Arceneaux, Galerie Nathalle Obadia
Sanford Biggers, David Castillo Gallery
Nick Cave, Jack Shainman Gallery
Jennie C. Jones, Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Simone Leigh, Luhring Augustine
Jillian Mayer, Film Program
Carlos Motta, P.P.O.W.
Pat O’Neill, Cherry and Martin
Pope.L, Mitchell-Innes & Nash

NADA Fair
Nancy Davidson, Lord Ludd Gallery
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Galería Agustina Ferreyra

Art Miami
Joan Waltemath, C. Grimaldis Gallery
Brittany Nelson, David Klein Gallery
Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere, Context Art Miami Sound Positions

Untitled Art Fair
Ken Gonzales-Day, Luis de Jesus Los Angeles
Sandford Biggers, Monique Meloche

Pulse Miami Beach
Ann Hamilton, Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Other venues:

Perez Art Museum Miami
Jillian Mayer, Slumpies
Carlos Motta, Histories for the Future

Vizcaya Museum
Yara Travieso

Lowe Art Museum at University of Florida
Titus Kaphar, The Vesper Project

The 2016 Artist Presentation Videos are Here!

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This past summer, Creative Capital artists spent four days at a retreat at EMPAC on the RPI campus in Troy, NY. In front of an audience of over 200 curators, presenters, publishers and other arts organizers, artists presented their Creative Capital projects. We’ve uploaded their presentations to our YouTube page. If you have some down time during the holidays, it’s a perfect moment to binge watch these amazing videos! 

Click here to view our playlist on YouTube, and read on below for some featured videos.

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The Vitality of Daring Artists Has Never Been More Important

The vitality of daring artists has never been more important than in this particular moment of turbulence in America.

We know these are trying times, and if you’re a person of color, a woman, an immigrant living in the U.S., if you’re Muslim or Jewish, a person with disabilities or if you’re part of the LGBTQ community, or someone who endeavors to act in ally-ship, this election result might feel like a personal attack. We acknowledge your feelings of vulnerability are not entirely unique to this moment, but that they may well be heightened right now. And while we are always striving to make ourselves better as an organization and as individuals in order to better serve our community, we felt it necessary to let you know that we are here for you.

Creative Capital was founded on a strong belief that artists’ voices should be heard and protected, no matter who maintains political power. Today, we take a moment to stand firmly behind this mission. We affirm our commitment to supporting artists as they build sustainable careers, form communities and movements, and use their practice to confront injustice. While we plan for the uncertainty of the coming years, we take solace in knowing that many of you are working hard every day to make this world a better, more inclusive place.

Below we share reactions to the election from artists we’ve supported and, with an eye to sustainability, resources for self-care and community building. We welcome you to share your own in the comments of this blog post or on Facebook.

– Suzy and the staff at Creative Capital.

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Community Engagement Projects: Breaking Down the Target Audience

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Amara Tabor Smith and Ellen Sebastien Chang perform “House/Full,” Photo by: Robbie Sweeny

If changing the world were easy, everyone would be doing it.
The goal of a community engagement campaign is to activate an audience to take action and make change happen — even when its not easy.

On November 10th, join Stephanie Bleyer for Producing and Funding Your Community Engagement Campaign, a 90-minute webinar dedicated to giving you all the tools you need to steer a successful and socially impactful community engagement project.

While it seems as though a social change campaign should have as broad an appeal as possible, it can often be more effective to be strategic about the audience that you are targeting. As Stephanie Bleyer stresses, unless you’re DisneyWorld or Taylor Swift, your message isn’t actually for “everyone.”

Defining your target audience is a critical step to take before attempting to fundraise or promote a project. In narrowing down your target audience it can be helpful to ask yourself the following questions:

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A Page From Our Handbook: Developing a Promotional Strategy

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Every few weeks we post tips straight from the Professional Development Program’s Artist’s Tools Handbook, a 200+ page resource we give to Core Workshop attendees, written by PDP Core Leaders Jackie Battenfield and Aaron Landsman. The book covers everything from writing to budgeting, websites to fundraising, elevator pitches to work samples. Similarly, each post is packed with practical ideas to make your life run more smoothly, leaving you even more time for your creative practice. Learn more about all of our PDP workshops and webinars here.

 For more strategies on how to build a promotional campaign that expresses the quality and character of your work, be sure to attend our November 7th workshop, Promoting Your Work with Jackie Battenfield.

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Congratulations to Stacey Kirby on her ArtPrize 8 Win!

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Excerpt from Stacey Kirby’s “The Declaration Project”

What would you do with $200,000?

That’s the question facing performance installation artist Stacey Kirby who recently won the $200,000 grand prize at ArtPrize Eight for her interactive performance piece, “The Bureau of Personal Belonging.”

Visitors to The Bureau engage with Kirby and other performers in the designated areas of the Bureau of Personal Belonging: the Department of Declarations, the Civil Validation Department and the Board of Elections and the Facility Permit Office. Each is occupied by a performer in the role of a government official and evokes an office setting tailored to represent the governmental process it critically examines – from issuing bathroom permits (in direct response to the infamous House Bill 2 passed in Stacey’s home state of North Carolina) to determining the validity of individual lives and experiences. The work culminates with participants’ handwritten responses being processed and mailed to public officials. President Barack Obama, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, various North Carolina Legislators and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder are among recipients of Kirby’s work.

You can visit The Bureau remotely through the video of her work below:

It’s easy to treat massive wins like this as though they happened overnight and miss the hard work and learned lessons that make them possible. To this end, Stacey Kirby was kind enough to share 4 lessons she learned that helped pave her path to the ArtPrize grand prize.

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Ready, Set, Create!: Upcoming Fellowship and Residency Opportunities

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Akademie Schloss Solitude. Courtesy of artistcommunities.org

Sometimes the resource you need to create is a good bout of uninterrupted time, which in our ceaseless schedules can become a luxury—costly and elusive. Residencies and grants reinvigorate neglected practices and can provide the final push for an ambitious project. We’ve scoped out some opportunities for artists and writers to find solitude and support around the country and the world. 

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