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Creative Capital Announces 2009 Artists

January 8, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (January 8, 2009) –Creative Capital, the national organization that supports individual artists, announces the recipients of its 2009 grants. Initial awards of $10,000 have been made to 41 projects in emerging fields, innovative literature and performing arts. These projects represent 61 artists across the country working individually and in collaboration. Each project becomes eligible for additional funds of as much as $50,000 over the course of the organization’s multi-year commitment.

Artists also participate in Creative Capital’s distinctive Artist Services Program valued at $25,000 per artist. This program offers artists skills-building assistance in areas such as fundraising, networking, marketing, and strategic planning with the goal of advancing both their projects and their careers. So far Creative Capital has devoted more than $7 million to the Artists Services Program and has served more than 400 artists in its ten-year history.

The panelists who chose the 16 emerging fields projects were Sarah Cook (CRUMB/Eyebeam, New York, NY); Steve Dietz (ZERO1, San Jose, CA); Susan Kennard (Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada); Gunalan Nadarajan (Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD); Paul Vanouse (Creative Capital artist, Buffalo, NY); and emerging fields lead program consultant Pamela Winfrey (The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA).

The panelists who chose the six innovative literature projects were Jeffrey Renard Allen (Creative Capital artist, New York, NY); lead program consultant for innovative literature Ethan Nosowsky (Graywolf Press, New York, NY); Robert Polito (New School, New York, NY); Matthew Stadler (Clear Cut Press, Portland, OR); Suzanna Tamminen (Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT); and Diane Williams (NOON, New York, NY).

The panelists who chose the 19 performing arts projects were Tamara Alvarado (1stACT Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA); Philip Bither (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN); Grisha Coleman (Creative Capital artist, Tempe, AZ); lead program consultant for performing arts Boo Froebel (Lincoln Center Festival, New York, NY); George Lugg (REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA); and Ruth Waalkes (Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD).

Creative Capital’s director of grants and services, Sean Elwood, served on all three panels, which were moderated by Ruby Lerner, president of Creative Capital.

Selected from 2,068 applications, the funded projects come from across the country. Creative Capital artists now represent 29 states in total. About the new class of grantees, Lerner said, “The breadth of ideas and issues that these projects address confirms that American artists are rising above global uncertainty and unsettlement, propelled by the spirit of invention. These artists are each reinventing the world they live in, and as their projects come to life I think we can expect their influence to ripple outward.”

Foundation Update
With these awards, Creative Capital’s roster of artist projects grows to 324. In 2008 the foundation issued 41 grants in film/video and visual arts. Many of those grantees attended Creative Capital’s Artist Retreat in July 2008, the kickoff event of the Artist Services Program. Through the grant program and its Professional Development Program (a series of public workshops for artists held nationwide), Creative Capital has now served more than 2,500 artists.

About Creative Capital
Ten years ago, Creative Capital embarked on a mission to reinvent the existing model of arts philanthropy, to construct a new paradigm, and to fulfill the specific needs of the country’s most innovative artists. Today, it is the premier national artist support organization, committed to the principle that time and advisory services are as crucial to artistic success as funding. Over the lives of its funded projects, Creative Capital provides artists with a flexible program of multi-faceted, sequential support and partners with them to determine how those targeted funds and services can best work in concert to progress towards the grantees’ own goals. Since its founding in 1999, the organization has committed more than $14 million in financial support and services to 324 projects representing 411 artists. A complete list of grantees, profiles of funded projects, and up-to-date grant cycle information can be found online at the foundation’s website at www.creative-capital.org.

Sustaining support for Creative Capital is currently provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The TOBY Fund, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and more than 100 other foundations and individuals.

CREATIVE CAPITAL 2009 ARTISTS

Emerging Fields 2009

Matthew Coolidge, Center for Land Use Interpretation (Culver City, CA) New Genres
American Land Museum

Cesar Cornejo (Tampa, FL) Architecture
Puno Museum of Contemporary Art

James Coupe (Seattle, WA) Digital Arts
Surveillance Suite

Beatriz da Costa (Long Beach, CA) Digital Arts
Stories of the Rodent

eteam (Queens, NY) Interdisciplinary
Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger
Open Source Grabeland

Futurefarmers (San Francisco, CA) Interdisciplinary
Local Landscape Campus (L.L.C.)

Catherine Herdlick (San Francisco, CA) Gaming
The Cowgirl Way Society

Shih Chieh Huang (New York, NY) Interdisciplinary
EX-SE-10

Lisa Jevbratt (Santa Barbara, CA) Interdisciplinary
Zoomorph

Jae Rhim Lee (Cambridge, MA) Interdisciplinary
N=0=Infinity, Infinity Mushroom

neuroTransmitter (Queens, NY) Interdisciplinary
Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere
Empire MHz

Richard Pell (Pittsburgh, PA) Interdisciplinary
Institute for Post Natural Studies

Stephanie Rothenberg (Buffalo, NY) New Genres
Best Practices

Mark Shepard (Brooklyn, NY) New Genres
Sentient City Survival Kit

Karolina Sobecka (Brooklyn, NY) Design
Amateur Human

Sam Van Aken (Portland, ME) New Genres
I Am Here Today. . .

Innovative Literature 2009

Paul Beatty (New York, NY) Fiction
Depresso

Kenny Fries (Toronto, ON, Canada) Nonfiction
Genkan: Entries into Japan

Ben Marcus (New York, NY) Fiction
Children, Cover Your Eyes!

Bernadette Mayer (East Nassau, NY) Poetry
The Faces That Launched A Thousand Ships

Rebecca Solnit (San Francisco, CA) Nonfiction
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas

Deb Olin Unferth (Lawrence, KS) Fiction
Natural Citizens

Performing Arts 2009

Byron Au Yong (Seattle, WA) and Aaron Jafferis (New Haven, CT) Opera
Stuck Elevator: The Super-Heroic Stationary Journey of Mind Kuang Chen

Victor D. Cartagena, Roberto Gutierrez Varea, Violeta Luna, David Molina and Antigone Trimis (San Francisco, CA) Performance Art
BORDER TRIP / TRIP de la frontera

Nora Chipaumire (Brooklyn, NY) Interdisciplinary
The Thomas Mapfumo Project, or lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi

Steve Cuiffo, (New York, NY) Trey Lyford (New York, NY) and Geoffrey Sobelle (Philadelphia, PA)
Theater Next Stop: Amazingland

Lisa D’amour (Brooklyn, NY) and Katie Pearl (Austin, TX) Interdisciplinary
How To Build A Forest

Chris M. Green (Brooklyn, NY) Interdisciplinary
Ultra-Local Sublime

Miguel Gutierrez (Brooklyn, NY) Dance
Misinterpreted

Robert Farid Karimi (Minneapolis, MN) Spoken Word
The Cooking Show con Karimi y Comrades: Diabetes of Democracy

Zoe Keating and Jeffrey Rusch (Camp Meeker, CA) Experimental Music Performance
The Musician’s Mind’s Eye: A Synaesthetic Experience of ‘One Cello x 16’

Heidi Latsky Dance (New York, NY) Dance
GIMP

Young Jean Lee (Brooklyn, NY) Theater
King Lear

Los Angeles Poverty Department (Los Angeles, CA) Interdisciplinary
Henriette Broüwers, Kevin Michael Key, John Malpede and Pamela Miller-Macias
History of Incarceration

Taylor Mac (New York, NY) Theater
The Lily’s Revenge

Barak Marshall (Los Angeles, CA), Tamir Muskat (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Margalit Oved (Los Angeles, CA) Experimental Music Performance
Symphony of Tin Cans

David Neumann and Richard Sylvarnes (Brooklyn, NY) Interdisciplinary
OH NO NATURE (or, Blaming on his Boots the Fault of his Feet)

Ken Nintzel (New York, NY) Interdisciplinary
You Are Here

Tere O’Connor (New York, NY) Dance
Untitled

Tommy Smith and Reggie Watts (Brooklyn, NY) Interdisciplinary
Reggie Watts: Transition

Deke Weaver (Champaign, IL) Interdisciplinary
The Unreliable Bestiary

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