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Summer News: Awards Program Update, Artist Events Nationwide and Other News

June 25, 2014

This summer, we hope all of you have plans for vacations, residencies and other restorative, generative time. It’s the season of summer learning, and in the coming months, our Professional Development Program (PDP) is presenting workshops for artists all around the country, including our very first workshop in Iowa. PDP is also continuing to roll out new offerings in our Online Learning Program. Check out the PDP calendar to browse all of the great workshops and webinars coming up.    

We’re gearing up for a busy fall, including a series of events with artists in all disciplines to celebrate our 15thanniversary. In September, we’ll share a schedule of those happenings and stories from many of the artists and communities we have reached over the years. In the meantime, read on below for an update on our awards program, artist news and events, plus more updates from our Professional Development Program and the ancillary programs we oversee.

Ruby Lerner 


Awards Program Update
In February, Creative Capital received more than 3,700 Letters of Inquiry for our awards in Moving Image and Visual Arts--our largest number ever. The quality and energy reflected in all the applications we received was humbling, and we were grateful to be introduced to such a varied and vast group of projects. Last week, we notified 868 artists that they are moving forward to the next round, where they will submit a full proposal including work samples.  


We are working with nearly 100 curators, programmers and artists to evaluate applications in all phases of the selection process. In September, we'll move 200 projects forward to the panel review stage of the process, and in January, we'll announce the 46 projects in our 2015 class of awardees. Thank you to everyone who applied and to all of our evaluators! 


More News & Stories from The Lab:

Jeffrey Allen Releases Song of the Shank, a Lyrical Work of Historical Fiction Both "Dream-like and Real"

Playwright and Actress Lisa Kron Wins Big This Awards Season

A Creative Capital Gathering in Berlin: Discussing Gender, Disability And Human Rights In Germany

And much more at!



Upcoming artist events, coast to coast and overseas:

Through Jun 29: Rick Prelinger presents Bay Motion: Capturing San Francisco Bay on Film at the Oakland Museum of California

July 1 - October 12: Faye Driscoll, Natalie Jeremijenko, Meredith Monk, Miriam Simun & Elaine Tin Nyo in Jake Yuzna-curated NYC Makers at the Museum of Art & Design in New York

Through July 5: Sanford Biggers presents 3 Dollars & 6 Dimes at David Castillo Gallery in Miami

Through July 5: Zachary Culler (SuttonBeresCuller) presents Zachary Culler: Portraits at Seattle University's Hedreen Gallery

July 7-16: John Jasperse and Tere O'Connor present new work at the American Dance Festival at Duke University in Durham, NC

Through July 19: Neal Medlyn performs monthly as Champagne Jerry at Joe's Pub in New York

Through July 27: Elaine Tin Nyo & Natalie Jeremijenko in FOODshed at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn

Through August 2: Tia Lessin & Carl Deal screen Citizen Koch on a nationwide tour

July 31 - August 2: Mondo Bizarro presents their Creative Capital Project Cry You One at the Clear Creek Festival in Berea, KY, and at the Alternate Roots Festival in Arden, NC (August 5-10)

July 31 - August 25: Geoff Sobelle, Trey Lyford & Steve Cuiffo perform their Creative Capital Project Elephant Room at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

September 5 - November 9: Carlos Motta exhibits in Burning Down the House, the 10th Gwangju Biennale in Korea

Through September 14: Ken Gonzales-Day & Mario Ybarra Jr. featured in Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Artat the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Through September 7: Ruben Ochoa presents solo exhibition Cloudless Day at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT

Through November 2: Trimpin & Stephen Vitiello in the sound art exhibition In the Garden of Sonic Delights at Caramoor in Katonah, NY

Save The Date! Creative Capital’s 15th Anniversary Benefit on October 21
Because of our office move, this year’s Annual Benefit will take place in the fall. We hope you’ll join us in New York on October 21 for our largest celebration yet. For many more upcoming events, check our Grantee Events Calendar.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for ongoing updates.


This summer, our Professional Development Program (PDP) is gearing up for our annual Artists Summer Institute. Co-presented with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), this intensive five-day workshop offers the tools to place artists on a path to greater sustainability and self-sufficiency in their careers. We received a record numbers of applications for the workshop, which is offered at no cost to NYC artists selected through a lottery process.

The PDP Core Workshops have had a banner year so far. In June, we hosted our first workshop in Alaska, in partnership with the Alaska State Arts Council, bringing artists together for a weekend of inspiration and camaraderie in Anchorage. Participant Pat Shelton wrote about the workshop, “Your program is transforming my practice in the most profound ways… I once titled a painting The Soil of the Seed is the Root of the Plant. Thank you all for enriching the quality of my soil.” Upcoming PDP workshops include a Strategic Planning and Artist-Community Engagement Workshop in Ann Arbor and a Core Skills Weekend Workshop in Detroit, both co-presented by ArtServe Michigan. In August, we’ll present a Core Skills Weekend in Des Moines in partnership with the Iowa Arts Council. 

PDP’s Online Learning Program is currently developing a new webinar that will address the challenges of being a working artist and parent. We want to hear about your experiences as we create this webinar so look for a survey from us by the end of the month as we prepare to launch this topic in the fall. Other new topics in development include a guest webinar on goal setting with Sue Schear and a webinar on negotiations with Kirby Tepper. Stay tuned!

More PDP news, plus Tips & Tools for Artists, from The Lab:

Two-part series by marketing strategist Brian Tate: Marketing is Storytelling: An Intro to Strategic Marketing for Artists and The Story Chooses Sides: Strategic Marketing for Artists, Part Two

Herradura Announces 2014 Barrel Art Competition and PDP Workshops in Seven Cities

Video: Ela Troyano on How Our Spanish Language Workshops Build Communities

Photo Gallery: Spanish-Language Workshop at the Queens Museum 


Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program
This Spring, the Arts Writers Grant Program received close to 600 applications for our 2014 grants. These are being reviewed by outside evaluators and 20 grantees will be announced in December. In grantee news, Peter Plagens’s book Bruce Nauman: The True Artist, was released in May on Phaidon. It has already received enthusiastic reviews from the Daily Beast and Pasatiempo. Recently, a number of grantees published significant reviews: Jason Farago published a long review of the Whitney Biennial in frieze; Raphael Rubinstein wrote about MoMA’s Sigmar Polke exhibit in Art in America; and Lori Waxman wrote about Christopher Wool in the Chicago Tribune. And two grantees were invited to give talks: writer and curator Kellie Jones delivered the Cohen Lectures on African and African American Art at Harvard; and blogger Andrew Horwitz presented five lectures on performance and criticism at the Institute for Performing Arts at Tisch.

Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards (DDPAA) [photo: Ruby Lerner 
The Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards held orientation meetings for the 2014 Doris Duke Artist and Impact Award recipients. Each orientation offered sessions on the importance of tax planning and an overview of retirement planning. Want to learn more? Our Storify page provides tax and retirement tips and links (like presenter retirement researcher Wade Pfau’s blog). 

MAP Fund 
This summer the MAP Fund is thrilled to join Creative Capital at the new 15 Maiden Lane office. Please remember to make a note of our new address! In other news, between May and August, we anticipate 10 world premieres of MAP Funded projects, national and international touring to major festivals including LMCC’s River to River Festival and International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, as well as intensive rehearsal/development for works set to premiere in the fall! Finally, mark your calendars now: the online Letter of Inquiry for our 2015 grant cycle will open on September 8, 2014. Follow MAP Fund on Facebook to learn more about how we plan to offer grant writing support services this fall!


This spring we moved to a new office in NYC, thanks to the continued generosity of the Warhol Foundation. We see this as a community space and a way to honor our artists and supporters, and we want you to put your name all over it. Literally. Staplers? Yep. Bathroom stalls? Absolutely. Our fax machine from 1999? You bet. Check it out: there's something for everyone!


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