Arts Writers Grant Program

The Arts Writers Grant Program is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 grants. The program supports writing about contemporary art and aims to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.

In its 2017 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant Program has awarded a total of $760,000 to 23 writers. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in four categories—articles, blogs, books and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to self-published blogs.


Hsuan Hsu, Olfactory Art and Differential Deodorization
Liz Linden, No Substitute: Reading the Collaborative Work of Louise Lawler and Sherrie Levine
Solveig Nelson, Gretchen Bender’s ‘Total Recall,’  1987, and the Feminist Return to Television Art
Janet Sarbanes, Houses of Dust: A Meditation in Many Parts
Stephanie Schwartz, Martha Rosler: Seeing the Screen
Jared Sexton, A Witticism About Darkness: Subtexts in Black Monochrome Painting


Suzy Halajian, Shoghig Halajian, and Anthony Carfello, uncounted
Emmanuel Iduma, A Sum of Encounters
João Enxuto and Erica Love, Contemporary.Institute
Kristi McGuire, False Flags


Hannah Black, Vernacular Loneliness
Kency Cornejo, Contemporary Art of El Salvador, 1977-2017
M. Neelika Jayawardane, Comrades with Cameras: The Afrapix Photographers’ Collective and the Anti-Apartheid Movement
Janet Kraynak, Contemporary Art and the Digitization of Everyday Life
Shaka McGlotten, Black Data
Amber Musser, Brown Jouissance: Feminine Imaginings
Nada Shabout, The Dialectics of the Decorative in Iraqi Art
Greg Youmans, Something New Under the Sun: Bay Area Queer Filmmaking Across the 1970s

Short-Form Writing

Jordan Amirkhani
Rachel Churner
Raquel Gutierrez
Omar Kholeif
Siddhartha Mitter

Art Writing Workshop

The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program is pleased to continue its partnership with AICA (the International Art Critics Association/USA Section) to give practicing writers the opportunity to strengthen their work through one-on-one consultations with leading art critics. For a list of 2017 Art Writing Workshop recipients, click here.

For regular updates on events and publications by Arts Writers grantees, follow us on Twitter @artswriters.

20 Feb Arts Writers "By the end of the 1960s, the artist in dervish drag had become Mr. India, a human mascot and a stand-in for the na…
20 Feb Arts Writers "These tracks from thirty years ago still pulse with life" @geetadayal on David Behrman’s "Music with Memory"…
19 Feb Arts Writers RT @emilycolucci: I wrote about the Peter Hujar: Speed of Life show at the @MorganLibrary and how Hujar's photographs are inseparable from…
19 Feb Arts Writers RT @CultureType: Edgar Arceneaux: Artists in Rooms Looking at Pictures - ELEPHANT
19 Feb Arts Writers Congratulations to Sohrab Mohebbi, the new curator at @sculpturecenter
19 Feb Arts Writers RT @creativecap: .@hammer_museum has released the artists in their fourth iteration of Made in LA, including #CCAwardees Jade Gordon and @c…
Grantee Update

A Sum of Encounters, a blog by Emmanuel Iduma featuring intimate portraits of Nigerian artists based in Nigeria or the United States, is now live.

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Moscow Vanguard Art: 1922-1992, by Margarita Tupitsyn, is out now from Yale University Press.

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David Hammons: Bliz-aard Ball Sale, by Elena Filipovic, is out now from Afterall Books.

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Walter De Maria: Meaningless Work, by Jane McFadden, is out now from Reaktion Books.

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