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Winter News: 2014 Preview, Artists at Sundance, Apply in February

January 16, 2014

Happy New Year! Here at Creative Capital, we have so much to celebrate in 2014—our 15th anniversary year. Since our founding in 1999, we have awarded $29 million in funding and advisory services to 530 groundbreaking artists. Our Professional Development workshops have empowered an additional 7,000 creative minds across the country to strengthen their careers. This fall, we’ll be kicking off a series of events—film screenings, gallery shows, readings and more—celebrating our amazing artists and the generous community we have created nationwide. Stay tuned for more details!

I’m also so pleased to announce that, in the coming weeks, Creative Capital will be moving into our new home at 15 Maiden Lane in the Financial District. We are so excited about the opportunities our new space will afford our programs and our artists.

This week, I’m in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival (details below!), then heading to the west coast to celebrate our communities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. We’ll be hosting info sessions about our awards programs in each of those cities—click here for more info. In March, I’ll head to Boston, where I’ve once again been invited to speak on Creative Capital’s innovative model of artist support at The Harvard Business School. Looking forward to seeing many of you throughout the Spring!

Creative News: Sundance, Apply in February, Artist Talks on YouTube
Mark Your Calendars: Creative Capital Artists, Nationwide
From The Lab: What’s New on Our Blog
Professional Development Program News
Arts Writers, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards and MAP Fund
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Creative News
Creative Capital at Sundance 2014
This week, the Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City, UT. If you’re at the fest, don’t miss work by Miwa Matreyek (2013 Performing Arts), Sam Green (2001 Film/Video) and Marina Zurkow (2000 Emerging Fields) in New Frontier, plus films by Young Jean Lee (2009 Performing Arts), Kevin Jerome Everson (2000 Film/Video) and Deborah Stratman (2012 Film/Video) in the Shorts Programs. On Monday, January 20 at 12:00pm, Ruby Lerner will moderate the panel discussion "The Beauty of Failure in the Creative Process."

Artists! Apply in February
From February 3-28, we’ll be accepting online Letters of Inquiry for projects in Moving Image (formerly Film/Video) and Visual Arts. Creative Capital seeks to support work that is artistically rigorous, articulates an original vision, takes risks and has the potential for great impact. For more info on our award program and eligibility, click here. To watch a pre-recorded info session about our application process, click here.

Watch Artist Talks from the 2013 Artist Retreat
The 2013 Artist Retreat was our largest and most ambitious convening to date, with more than 80 awardees presenting on their work to an audience of arts professionals and supporters. You can now stream artist talks from the Retreat on YouTube, including presentations by Kyle Abraham (2013 Performing Arts), Laurie Jo Reynolds (2013 Emerging Fields), Patty Chang (2012 Visual Arts), Jen Bervin (2013 Literature) and Michael Robinson (2012 Film/Video).

Mark Your Calendars
Save the dates for upcoming artist events nationwide! For upcoming Creative Capital award info sessions, click here.

  • January 17-18: DD Dorvillier's Danza Permanente at Kaaitheater in Brussels
  • January 20 – March 31: Elaine Tin Nyo and Barbara Hammer in Eat!: A 60th Anniversary Feast at the Anthology Film Archives in New York
  • January 22 – February 2: eteam, Kevin Jerome Everson, Lewis Klahr, Carlos Motta, Shana Moulton, Rick Prelinger, Jeff Scher, Philip Solomon and Deborah Stratman present work at the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam
  • January 23 – February 1: Wakka Wakka Productions present Snokey and Eli Do 10th Avenue at Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York
  • January 24: Anita Chang presents her Creative Capital project Tongues of Heaven at Society of Oriental and African Studies in London
  • Through January 26: Marina Zurkow & Lynn Hershman Leeson in Craft Tech/Coded Media: Women, Art and Technology at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO
  • January 31 – May 11: Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) has first museum retrospective, Do you want the cosmetic version or do you want the real deal?, at the Queens Museum in New York
  • Through February 2: Brody Condon, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Connie Samaras and Cauleen Smith  in Dissident Futures at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco
  • February 7-9: Miwa Matreyek premieres This World Made Itself at REDCAT in Los Angeles
  • February 7-9: Makeda Thomas presents Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance at Duke University
  • Through February 9: John F. Simon, Jr. presents Intersections: Points, Lines and Colors in Succession at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC
  • February 13: Nick Cave, Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith in Creative Capital panel discussion, “They Do Things That They Don’t Do on Broadway: Chicago and the Performed as Visual,” at College Art Association annual conference in Chicago
  • February 14-16: Robert Karimi performs Love, Food, Love at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) in San Jose, CA
  • January 15 – February 18: William Pope.L presents Claim at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, OR
  • Through February 22: Faith Wilding retrospective Fearful Symmetries at Threewalls in Chicago
  • February 20-23: Kyle Abraham performs The Radio Show at the MCA Chicago
  • February 21 – March 16: Paul Rucker presents The Empathy Project at the Leidy Galleries in MICA's Graduate Studio Center in Baltimore
  • February 21 – April 20: Conrad Bakker exhibits in Motopoétique at Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon in France
  • Through February 28: Anne Patterson presents an installation titled Graced With Light at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
  • February 27 – March 1: luciana achugar performs her Creative Capital project OTRO TEATRO at the Walker Center in Minneapolis, followed by a New York premiere at New York Live Arts (April 2-5)
  • Through March 2: LaToya Ruby Frazier presents Witness at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • March 7 – April 25: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Zoe Leonard and My Barbarian participate in the 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York
  • Through March 9: Sanford Biggers, Cauleen Smith, Robert Pruitt and Edgar Arceneaux participate in The Shadows Took Shape at the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York
  • March 28–29: Katie Pearl and Lisa D'Amour present their Creative Capital project How To Build A Forest at Vanderbilt University in Nashville
  • Through March 30: Janine Antoni solo exhibition Within at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh
  • April 9-13: Steve Rowell presents his Creative Capital project UNCANNY SENSING (TEXAS PROTOTYPE) in the counterCURRENT 2014 Festival in Houston

For many more upcoming events, check our Grantee Events Calendar.
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From the Lab
At Creative Capital, we think of ourselves as a laboratory for adventurous ideas. On our blog, The Lab, we showcase artists' projects in process, tips and tools for artists working in all disciplines, and news about Creative Capital’s programs and events.

What's new in The LAB:
VIDEO: Ruby Lerner Presents “Policy, Prisons and Pranks: Artists Collide with the World”

A Page from Our Handbook: Building Relationships With Funders

Braden King & Matthew Moore Collaborate on “Cumulus” at Grand Central Art Center

VIDEO: Building Community Through the Artist Retreat

Bill Morrison’s “Decasia” Added to National Film Registry

And much more at!

Professional Development
We're starting 2014 with a bang in the Professional Development Program (PDP), hosting nine workshops in January and February alone! We're very proud to say that six of those workshops are being underwritten by Tequila Herradura, who selected Creative Capital as the charitable beneficiary of their Herradura Barrel Art Collection Competition. We were thrilled that seven past PDP participants were selected for the competition, with one alum, Kim Holleman, winning the $10,000 New York region prize, and another, Micah Stansell, winning both the Atlanta Contest and the Grand Prize, for a total of $110,000! Congratulations to Kim, Micah and all the artists involved in the Program. You can read more about them on our blog, The Lab

Also this winter, we welcome two very special guest webinar hosts. Gigi Rosenberg, the esteemed author and coach for artists, will host "Grantwriting for Artists" on January 30, while marketing strategist and culture producer Brian Tate will host "Strategies of Ethical Marketing" in February. Click here to view our full webinar calendar.

Finally, our library of On-Demand Webinars is rapidly growing! We now have eight unique webinars from our interviews series "Inside the Art World" and "Artists Talk Tech" available to purchase and view instantly. Click here to view available webinars, including interviews with Claudia La Rocco, Ed Winkleman, Brad Lichtenstein and more. Keep checking back, as we'll be posting at least one new interview per month.

ancillary programs
Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program
In December, the Arts Writers Grant Program announced the 20 recipients of its 2013 grants, awarded for exceptional writing on contemporary art. The 2014 Arts Writers Grant online application will open on April 9, with a deadline of May 14. In grantee news, Bruce Hainley’s book on Sturtevant, Under the Sign of [sic], will be published by Semiotext(e) this month. Two grantees transformed their short-form writing projects into full-length books, both published this fall: Lori Waxman’s Back to Listing