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Announcing the 2016 Creative Capital Awardees: $4,370,000 Committed to 46 Diverse Projects

January 12, 2016

Creative Capital has announced its 2016 awardees, funding 46 projects selected from a nationwide pool of 2,500 proposals. The artistic disciplines being funded this year are: Literature, Performing Arts and Emerging Fields. Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists' projects that are bold, innovative and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.

The 2016 Creative Capital awardees are an incredible group of creative thinkers, representing 63 artists at all stages of their careers with an age range of 28 to 65 years old. More than half are women; and more than half identify as people of color. Each funded project will receive up to $50,000 in direct funding and additional resources and advisory services--such as financial consulting and communications support--valued at $45,000, making the organization's total 2016 investment more than $4,370,000. 

Many of these projects reflect Creative Capital's commitment to artist-activists, who are engaging some of the most significant and hotly debated issues of our time. Projects receiving funding span a wide range of genres and forms, including an exhibition and book on the histories of transgender communities, an adaptation of Euripides' Medea as a Latin American variety show, and an opera examining America's relationship with guns.   

"Artists today are brave, bold and deeply engaged in the world," said Ruby Lerner, Founding President & Executive Director, Creative Capital. "The 2016 class of Creative Capital awardees are creating important and deeply moving work, with immediacy and passion. This class is diverse, it is extraordinarily talented, and we believe the 2016 Creative Capital artists will shape their fields for decades to come."

The 2016 awardees in Literature are:
Jesse Ball, Chicago, IL
​desveladas (Macarena Hernández, Sheila Maldonado, Nelly Rosario), Brooklyn, NY
​LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, New York, NY
​Percival Everett, South Pasadena, CA
Eileen Myles, New York, NY
Dao Strom, Portland, OR

The 2016 awardees in Emerging Fields are:
Tanya Aguiñiga, Los Angeles, CA
Zach Blas, Brooklyn, NY
Peter Burr and Porpentine, Brooklyn, NY and Oakland, CA
Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo and Sable Elyse Smith, Brooklyn, NY
desert ArtLAB (April Bojorquez and Matt Garcia), Pueblo, CO
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Chicago, IL
Liz Glynn, Los Angeles, CA
Heather Hart and Jina Valentine, Brooklyn, NY and Durham, NC
Marisa Morán Jahn, New York, NY
​KCHUNG, Los Angeles, CA
​Yotam Mann, Brooklyn, NY
Eva and Franco Mattes, Brooklyn, NY
Irvin Morazan, Richmond, VA
Laura Parnes, Brooklyn, NY
Kenya (Robinson), Gainesville, FL
Evan Roth, Paris, France
Chris E. Vargas, Bellingham, WA

The 2016 awardees in Performing Arts are:
Cornell Alston and Kaneza Schaal, New York, NY
Jeff Becker, New Orleans, LA
Peter Born and Okwui Okpokwasili, Brooklyn, NY
​Ligia Bouton, Matt Donovan and Lei Liang, San Diego, CA
Sharon Bridgforth, San Francisco, CA
Ben Thorp Brown, Brooklyn, NY
Ann Carlson, Santa Monica, CA
Mallory Catlett, New York, NY
Ellen Sebastian Chang and Amara Tabor-Smith, Oakland, CA
Jim Findlay, Brooklyn, NY
Robin Frohardt, Brooklyn, NY
Sean Graney, Chicago, IL
Brian Harnetty, Columbus, OH
​Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Carmelita Tropicana, New York, NY
Joseph Keckler, Brooklyn, NY
Heather Kravas, Seattle, WA
​Ahamefule J. Oluo, Seattle, WA
Pegasus Warning (Guillermo E. Brown), Los Angeles, CA
Graham Reynolds, Austin, TX
Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Tei Blow and Sean McElroy), Brooklyn, NY
James Scruggs, Jersey City, NJ
Erika Chong Shuch, Berkeley, CA
​Yara Travieso, Brooklyn, NY

Read more about the artists and browse their work at here.
Read more about our selection process on our blog, The Lab.
Download the full press release here.

Press Inquiries: Mark Ro Beyersdorf,, 646-200-5295. 

Image Credits (clockwise from top left): Marisa Morán Jahn, Video Slink Uganda. LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs. Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble. Zach Blas, Facial Weaponization Suite. KCHUNG, Whisper Reports, live performance at Hammer Museum. Chris E. Vargas, Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. Eva and Franco Mattes, Fukushima Texture Pack.

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