Louisville Bound: Creative Capital Presents at IdeaFestival and Celebrates 15 Years with 21c Museum Hotel

Left: Sam Van Aken, Blind Spots, 2014. Silver nitrate photograph. Right: Julia Christensen, Burnouts, 2014. Videos, plastic with mirrors, glass lenses, smartphones.

Left: Sam Van Aken, Blind Spots, 2014. Silver nitrate photograph.
Right: Julia Christensen, Burnouts, 2014. Videos, plastic with mirrors, glass lenses, smartphones.

On October 2, Creative Capital Artists Juan William Chávez, Julia Christensen, Robert Karimi and Kerry Skarbakka present with Ruby Lerner at IdeaFestival, a celebration for the intellectually curious that takes place each fall in Louisville, KY. This is the fifth year that Creative Capital has presented a session entitled “Art on the Edge” to introduce the diverse audiences at this international convening to the work of four remarkable artistic innovators. Sam Van Aken, also a Creative Capital awardee, will present a separate session, “Disruptive Thinking and a Hole in the Sky,” on October 3. Both presentations take place at 10:30am EST. You can read profiles of all the artists on the IdeaFestival website and follow the presentations live on Twitter (#IF14).

In conjunction with IdeaFestival, 21c Museum Hotel is presenting 21c Celebrates Creative Capital: A 15th Anniversary Exhibition, featuring the work of 18 Creative Capital awardees including Peggy Ahwesh, Nick Cave, Chris Doyle, Simone Leigh, Eve Sussman, and the five artists presenting in this year’s IdeaFestival. The exhibition, which opens on September 30 and runs through March 2015, includes an installation of Julia Christensen’s Burnouts project, a series of projectors made out of recycled iPhones.  Continue reading

Update from Miami: Authentic Branding & Internet for Artists Workshop

Artist Participants in the Miami Authentic Branding & Internet for Artists workshops.

Artist Participants in the Miami Authentic Branding & Internet for Artists workshops.

On a recent weekend in Miami, 13 artists had the chance to experience one of the Professional Development Program‘s (PDP) newest two-day workshop combinations: Authentic Branding and Internet for Artists, hosted by the incredibly supportive Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. Creative Capital’s Krista Fabian DeCastro joined the group in Miami and let us in on the weekend’s events:

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Snapshot: Iowa Arts Council Presents Core Weekend Workshop

Artists at Work

Artists Robert Ford, Lauren Alleyne, Ian Miller and Tomiko Jones engage in a writing activity during the Iowa Core Weekend Workshop.

Last month, our Professional Development Program (PDP) worked with its newest partner, the Iowa Arts Council, to host our Core Weekend Workshop in Des Moines. The event involved 14 artists, including the Arts Council’s 2014 Fellows. The workshop, our first in Iowa, took place August 8-10 and was an intensive experience ranging from strategic planning, to communication, to fundraising, to marketing and promotion. With the addition of Iowa – and Alaska in May – PDP has now presented workshops in 37 states!

Participating artist Tomiko Jones told us, “This weekend has been absolutely invigorating, encouraging and inspiring. Beyond all the smart and logistical planning tools introduced, a real community grew out of our time together.” Another participant simply mused, “I am rethinking everything that I thought was possible with my career in the arts.”

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Artists Raising Kids: Thoughts On How to Have it All

Andrew Simonet & Family

Choreographer Andrew Simonet, his wife Elizabeth, and their sons Nico Wolf & Jesse Tiger. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Simonet)

On September 29th, choreographer (and parent) Andrew Simonet will present “Artists Raising Kids,” a webinar dedicated to helping current and future parents navigate this exciting journey. 

This summer, Creative Capital conducted a survey entitled “Artists-As-Parents” to find out more about how working artists sustain their practice while also being busy parents (or prepare themselves to do so as parents-to-be). We received nearly 600 responses, giving us a good idea of the profile of artist-parents in our network, the challenges they face, and the strategies they use to maximize their time and productivity. Some responses that stood out:

“I was repeatedly told by curators and other artists as I raised my kids that ‘we don’t have time for people who aren’t serious’ and ‘well, obviously you chose a family over a career’… Artists like to think of themselves as politically sensitive and aware. In reality, when it comes to age, kids, or class they reveal significant prejudices.” (Anonymous)

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Creative Capital Edition: Connie Samaras, “Edge of Twilight”

Connie Samaras, "Edge of  Twilight (1)," 2011-14 . Creative Capital 2014 Edition (edition of 150). 10" x 12.5" digital print on 11" x 17" paper. Price: $500.

Connie Samaras, “Edge of Twilight (1),” 2011-14 . Creative Capital 2014 Edition (edition of 150). 10″ x 12.5″ digital print on 11″ x 17″ paper. Price: $500.

Every year, we partner with a Creative Capital Artist to create a special project or edition for our Benefit & Auction. This year, for our 15th Anniversary Benefit, which takes place in New York on October 21, we are thrilled to offer a stunning photo by Connie Samaras (2012 Visual Arts) to everyone who purchases a Premium Benefit Ticket ($500). The image is from Edge of Twilight, a series of photos and videos shot at an all woman, predominantly lesbian, RV retirement community located in the U.S. Southwestern desert. Samaras shot close-ups of the RV homes on film late at night under the park’s safety lights, capturing eerie, somewhat unearthly light and colors.

Samaras, who is based in Los Angeles, recently had a major survey of her work dealing with the future imaginaries of global capital, Tales of Tomorrow, at the Armory in Pasadena. The exhibition was accompanied by a beautiful catalogue funded by the Warhol foundation and available through DAP/artbook. I connected with Connie to learn more about her Creative Capital edition and the Edge of Twilight series.

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Creative Capital Artists Are Everywhere this Fall!

Dohee Lee (Performing Arts 2013), whose Creative Capital Project "The Mago Project" premieres this November in San Francisco

Dohee Lee (2013 Performing Arts), whose Creative Capital Project “The Mago Project” premieres this November in San Francisco

We’re so proud of how busy our artists are in this, our 15th Anniversary Year! As you’ll see below, they’re truly taking over the film, art and performing arts worlds throughout the rest of the year, across the United States and as far abroad as the Netherlands and South Korea. For full listings, check out our online calendar, where you can browse by state and discipline, and follow us on Twitter at @creativecap for even more Creative Capital Artist events and news.

—September 17 – October 19: Stephen Vitiello presents a solo exhibition at American Contemporary in New York
—September 18 – 20: Jesse Sugarmann presents We Build Excitement in the TBA Festival at The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) in Portland, OR
—September 18 – 21: Faye Driscoll, Janie Geiser and Miwa Matreyek participate in The On Edge Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
—September 19 – 25: Sam Cullman’s Art & Craft premieres at the Angelika and other venues in New York
—September 20 – January 1: Simone Leigh, Xenobia Bailey and Otabenga Jones & Associates participate in Creative Time’s Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn at various venues in Brooklyn Continue reading

Social Media: Small Tips for Big Impact

Eve Mosher, HighWaterLine

Eve Mosher at work on her “HighWaterLine” project in New York City. To raise awareness about climate change, Mosher painted chalk lines showing where sea levels are predicted to rise to in neighborhoods throughout New York.

Many people have mixed feelings about social media, but the bottom line is that it can be a useful tool for artists. Like any other tool we use to share, show or promote our work, social media has the ability to connect more people to the work we are creating as well as to provide greater support for our work. I myself reluctantly came to social media about 7 or 8 years ago. I quickly learned that it was, in fact, a pretty interesting and amazing tool, and since then I’ve learned a few things from trial and error and I’ve learned from others as I share my experience through Professional Development workshops and webinars. Here are a few tips for thinking about social media:

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Be yourself. Let your personality come through in your posts, images and comments. Our culture has changed and the lines between professional and personal are blurred. People want to know more about the person behind the creative work produced. Let your life seep in. Continue reading

Grants & Residencies for Writers: Giving Your Work Some Space

Participants in a Creative Capital workshop in IowaOn Thursday, September 18th at 7:00 pm EST, Ethan Nosowsky will present his Creative Capital webinar, Applying for Grants & Residencies: Strategies for Writers.

I’ve been editing books for almost twenty years, and I can’t count the number of writers I’ve worked with who simply would not have gotten published without a well-timed grant or a much-needed residency at an artist’s colony. Being able to teach one less class, or having the time to clear your head and get down to work among other artists can provide the opportunity for a breakthrough that will allow you to finish a manuscript.

I’ve served as a judge on panels for many awards and residencies over the years, and I’ve often seen bad applications sink the chances of otherwise qualified writers. It’s important to realize that writing a strong application is a learned skill, and in my Creative Capital webinar, Applying for Grants & Residencies: Strategies for Writers, I try to explain what it is that prize committees and residency panels are looking for, and I offer tips that will help you put your best foot forward. Continue reading

“Born to Fly” Filmmaker Catherine Gund Interviews Elizabeth Streb

Elizabeth Steb vs. Gravity

STREB Extreme performing FORCES

As part of our “Artist to Artist” interview series, filmmaker Catherine Gund spoke with choreographer Elizabeth Streb (2000 Performing Arts) about their new film “Born to Fly,” the human condition and making every breath count. The following is an edited excerpt from their conversation. You can listen online to the full podcast, or subscribe through iTunes.

Catherine Gund: So, I’m Catherine Gund. I just made a movie called Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, which premieres at Film Forum in New York on September 10. I’m here with the one and only Elizabeth Streb, and the two of us are going to have a conversation about what it was like to make the movie, why we did it, what we think it achieved—or didn’t achieve—and what people might get out of it. But I think we should just start with what maybe you thought, at the very beginning, about the idea of making a movie, having a movie made. What did you imagine it might be? Because I know, no matter what your answer is, it was not what it ended up being.

Elizabeth Streb: Well, for one, I was extremely excited and inspired because I know that you were around STREB and SLAM [Streb’s school and creative center], both with your children and yourself for years and years and years, so it wasn’t someone coming in that I didn’t know from the outside. I felt that you would have the worm’s eye view, the eagle’s eye view, the human eye view straight on, from the bottom up, from the top down. And I completely trusted that however you saw the story of STREB leading up to the London Olympics [where Streb staged public performances on London landmarks], I completely trusted. And I don’t think I, in my mind, fabricated what it would be like, at all.  Continue reading

Taraneh Hemami Organizes Pop-Up Bazaar Exploring Iranian Political Activism

Ali Dadgar, "Revolusign" installation view, 2014, mixed media on panel

Ali Dadgar, “Revolusign” installation view, 2014, mixed media on panel

Taraneh Hemami (2012 Visual Arts) premieres her Creative Capital-supported project, Theory of Survival: Fabrications, at Southern Exposure in San Francisco, September 5 – October 25. Drawing inspiration from a traditional Persian marketplace, Fabrications takes the form of a pop-up bazaar featuring work by 12 California-based Iranian artists exploring decades of collective activism and revolutionary actions inside Iran and in its larger diaspora. Within a labyrinth of niches and patterned archways designed by the H. Majd Design Group, the Fabrications bazaar is a site for gathering and exchange focused on Iranian political and cultural historical moments. Market booths overflow with handcrafted and manufactured objects; a library boasts a growing collection of publications and archives; and a teahouse becomes a stage for performances, games and storytelling. Continue reading