February 21, 2009 - Arts Writers Grant Program - 2008 Grants and Five-Year Renewal of Program
February 21, 2009

2008 Grants and Five-Year Renewal of Program

Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program Announces 2008 Grants and Five-Year Renewal of Program


The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program is pleased to announce the grantees for the final round of its three-year pilot phase. We are also pleased to announce the renewal of the Arts Writers Grant Program for a five-year period. The 2009 grant cycle will open for submissions on April 27, 2009.

Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent and precise, 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. The program’s renewal signals the continued commitment of Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation to these goals.

In its 2008 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant Program has awarded a total of 635,000 USD to 27 individual authors. These grants range from 7,000 USD to 50,000 USD in four categories—articles, books, short-form writing, and blogs/new and alternative media—and support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences.

Representing a range of genres from scholarly studies to self-published blogs, the 27 selected projects, listed below, are united by their dual commitment to the craft of writing and the advancement of critical discourse on contemporary visual art.

C. Carr, Some Kind of Grace: A Biography of David Wojnarowicz (Book);
New York, NY

Jessica Chalmers, Update on the Transgression Economy (Article); South Bend, IN

Darby English, Abstracts of Intimacy (Book); Chicago, IL

Michèle Faguet, “Pornomiseria”: Origins and Recontextualization of a Critical Term (Article); Berlin, Germany

Mia Fineman, Phoning It in (Article); New York, NY

Joseph Grigely, HUO [Hans Ulrich Obrist] (Book); Chicago, IL

Mark Harris, Publico: Five Years (Article); Cincinnati, OH

Kathryn Hixson, Particular: Essays from the Middle States (Short-Form Writing); Evanston, IL

Paddy Johnson, Art Fag City (Blog/New Media); New York, NY

Branden Joseph, Lee Lozano: Grass Piece (Book); New York, NY

Douglas Kahn, Arts of the Spectrum: In the Nature of Electromagnetism (Book); San Francisco, CA

Jonathan Katz, Art, Eros, and the Sixties (Book); Philadelphia, PA

Judith Russi Kirshner, Voices and Images of Italian Feminism (Article); Chicago, IL

Christy Lange, Exhibition Reviews of Emerging Female Photographers (Short-Form Writing); Berlin, Germany

Annette Leddy, Robert Watts’s Spage Age Home (Article); Los Angeles, CA

Julian Myers and Edgar Arceneaux, Mirror-Travel in the Motor City (Book);
San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA

Frances Negrón-Muntaner, The Art Came From Her (Article); New York, NY

Viet Nguyen, An Eye for an Eye: The Vietnam War in Contemporary Art (Article); Cambridge, MA

Peter Plagens, Bruce Nauman—The Venice Projects (Article); New York, NY

Lyle Rexer, Sights Unseen: the Rise of Abstraction in Contemporary Photography (Book); Brooklyn, NY

Joan Rothfuss, Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman (Book); Minneapolis, MN

Alix Rule, Back to School: Learning Communities in Contemporary Art (Short-Form Writing); Berlin, Germany

Anjali Srinivasan and Yuka Otani, Post-Glass Artists: Glass Guerillas (Blog/New Media); Columbus, OH and New York, NY

Judith Stein, “The Eye of the Sixties”: A Biography of Richard Bellamy (Book); Philadelphia, PA

Roberto Tejada, Mexico City Specific (Book); Austin, TX

Lori Waxman, 60 Wrd/Min Art Critic (Short-Form Writing); Chicago, IL

Jonathan Weinberg, Pier Groups: Art Along the Manhattan Waterfront (Book); New Haven, CT

For 2008 project descriptions and for information about our 2009 grant cycle, please visit www.artswriters.org.

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