December 12, 2014 - Art Matters - 2014 grantees
December 12, 2014

2014 grantees

Angela Ellsworth (grant recipient 2014), Compounded (performance still), 2009. Performance, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo: Ana Elizalde. Courtesy of the artist; Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix; and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne.

Art Matters announces 2014 grantees
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Art Matters is pleased to announce the recipients of its fall 2014 grants. The foundation awarded 28 grants ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 USD to artists for specific projects, travel and research, and ongoing work that breaks ground aesthetically and socially.

Mark Allen (Los Angeles)
Research support for new models of artistic collaboration based on Allen’s work as director of Machine Project in Los Angeles. 

Kamrooz Aram (Brooklyn)
Ancient Through Modern, an ongoing project that intervenes in museum collections of Islamic art. 

Ouida Angelica Biddle / ORFICE (Long Beach, CA)
Support for ongoing work.

Wafaa Bilal (New York) 
I Really Want to be White, an installation at the intersection of Middle Eastern decorative arts and robotics.

Garrett Bradley (New Orleans, LA) 
The Discovery of American Silent Feature Films: 1912–1929, a reimagining of 12 missing early films which may have had integrated casts and/or been directed by black filmmakers.

Carolina Caycedo (Los Angeles) 
BE DAMMED, an art/activism project about the effects of dam construction on the natural and social landscapes of the Americas. 

Andrea Chung (San Diego, CA)
Support for ongoing work.

Sean Donovan (Brooklyn)
Support for ongoing work.

Craig Drennen (Atlanta, GA)
Support for ongoing work.

Angela Ellsworth (Phoenix, AZ)
Soundproofed, a solo performance in a Mormon Church-funded mall in Utah as part of the artist’s ongoing Plural Wife Project.

Rafa Esparza (Los Angeles)
Woven, a sculptural performance venue, consisting of a 30-foot, sprung dance floor on the Los Angeles River.

Christy Gast (Miami, FL)
Support to develop a scent that facilitates interspecies communication between humans and beavers in Tierra del Fuego. 

Mariam Ghani (Brooklyn)
Research toward a long-term project examining the history of the Afghan Left through five unfinished Afghan films from 1978 to 1992.

Jeffrey Gibson (Germantown, NY)
Like A Hammer, a new performance involving Native American powwow culture, drumming, and house music.

Michelle Handelman (Brooklyn)
Hustlers + Empires, a multichannel video about aging, death, and chaos. 

David Hartt (Chicago)
Apomorph, a film relating the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago to the Open City at the Catholic University of Valparaíso’s school of architecture.

Ellen Lesperance (Portland, OR)
Support for research in the Greenham Commons Women’s Peace Camp archives in London.

Naotaka Hiro & Sid M. Dueñas (Pasadena, CA)
Support for ongoing work.

Senga Nengudi (Colorado Springs, CO)
Support for a project that involves the composition of unique personal symphonies.

Tsz Yan Ng (Ann Arbor, MI)
Support for ongoing work.

Kameelah Rasheed (Brooklyn)
HOME/ARCHIVE, a collaborative archival project exploring how domestic space stages remembrance.

Marco Rios (Los Angeles)
Erection Room, a site-specific installation that responds to the physical presence of people who encounter it.

ET Russian (Seattle, WA)
Support for ongoing work.

Tuesday Smillie (Brooklyn)
Support for ongoing work.

Kate Sopko (Cleveland, OH)
Support for ongoing work.

Tattfoo Tan (Staten Island, NY)
Support for ongoing work.

Kanako Wynkoop (Olympia, WA)
An experimental, multidisciplinary documentary focusing on tensions between the un-housed and the relatively privileged in Olympia.

Steven Yazzie (Phoenix, AZ)
The Mountain Project, an ongoing project that involves tours of regional geographies with indigenous participants.

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