Creative Capital just released their list of recipients for their Arts Writers Grant Program, administered in collaboration with the Warhol Foundation, and the winners are not just based in the high-brow climes of New York City, but also places like Savannah, Ga., Oakland, Calif., and a few places in between (with some recipients in Berlin and Beirut to boot).
The Arts Writers Grant Program provides grants from between $10,000 and $50,000 for writers whose work focuses on the contemporary visual art world. These grants are issued directly to individual authors for articles, blogs, books, "new and alternative media" projects, and short-form writing. They are designed to support "writing about contemporary art, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing." The program also aims to "strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts."
This cycle of winners include twenty different writers from across the country (and two abroad) working in a variety of mediums. The grants to all twenty writers total $619,000 and support "projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to self-published blogs."
Here are the winners:
Melissa Messina, Mildred Thompson: Making the Invisible Visible (Savannah, GA)
Federico Windhausen, Narcisa Hirsch, the Goethe Group, and Argentine Experimental Cinema During the Dirty War (Oakland, CA)
Sharon Butler, Two Coats of Paint(New York, NY)
Ed Fuentes, Paint This Desert (Las Vegas, NV)
Andrew Horwitz, Art Criticism for the Post-Material World (Brooklyn, NY)
Monica Amor, Gego: Weaving the Space In Between (Philadelphia, PA)
Jennifer Bajorek, How to Write a Visual History of Liberation: Photography and Decolonial Imagination in Africa (Brooklyn, NY)
George Baker, Lateness and Longing: On the Afterlife of Photography (Los Angeles, CA)
Claudia Calirman, A Study from the Margins: Female Practices in Brazil and Chile (New York, NY)
Kellie Jones, Art is an Excuse: Conceptual Strategies 1968-1983 (Brooklyn, NY)
Saloni Mathur, A Fragile Inheritance: Radical Stakes in Contemporary Indian Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Troubled Waters: Ecology and History in 21st-Century Caribbean Art (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Krista Thompson, The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice (Evanston, IL)
Andrew Berardini (Los Angeles, CA)
Robert Berlind (New York, NY)
Travis Diehl (Los Angeles, CA)
Travis Jeppesen (Berlin, Germany)
Jennifer Kabat (Margaretville, NY)
Kate Sutton (Nashville, TN)
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie (Beirut, Lebanon)
The Arts Writers Grant Program is also partnered with the International Art Critics Association/USA Section, in order to give practicing art writers "the opportunity to strengthen their work through one-on-one consultations with leading art critics." This is the only grant of it's kind in the U.S. so competition can be fierce, but the service these organizations are providing is rivaled by none.
The next application cycle opens in April. To see a full list of guidelines and application instructions, go here.