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.

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19 Jan Arts Writers "as bound up with the world at large as it is grounded in specific images and objects" Ara H. Merjian on Arte Pover…
18 Jan Arts Writers Tomorrow night in SF: Maggie Nelson and Julia Bryan-Wilson in conversation at Nourse Theater for City Arts & Lectur…
18 Jan Arts Writers RT @Bidoun: ᴀɴɴᴏᴜɴᴄɪɴɢ Reza Abdoh, June 3 @MoMAPS1 Co-organized by Klaus Biesenbach Negar Azimi Tiffany Malakooti & Babak Radboy 4 Bidoun.…
18 Jan Arts Writers A conversation between Siddhartha Mitter (@siddhmi), Jennifer Krasinski (@prettymetals), Christian Viveros-Fauné, a…
18 Jan Arts Writers RT @InTermsOf__: This May I’ll give a talk on Terry Fugate-Wilcox’s Diffusion sculpture from the 1970s at a Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam sy…
17 Jan Arts Writers "a closer look into the constructed nature of writing, female representation, and the expression of solitude." A re…
Grantee Update

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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1971, A Year in the Life of Color, by Darby English, is out now from University of Chicago Press

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Before Pictures, by Douglas Crimp, is out now from University of Chicago Press. 

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