CalArts Alumni and Faculty Among Creative Capital Grant Winners

Creative Capital announced their 2013 grant recipients last week. (Image: Courtesy of Creative Capital)

Last week, Creative Capital, a national arts philanthropic organization, announced the recipients of its 2013 project grants in the categories of Emerging Fields, Literature and the Performing Arts, with several CalArts faculty members and alumni among the 66 awardees.

CalArtians selected are:

  • The Fallen Fruit art collective—David Burns (Art BFA 93), Critical Studies faculty member Matias Viegener and Austin Young— was selected in the Emerging Fields category for its Endless Orchard project. The site-specific public installation of fruit trees in an urban neighborhood will be “plotted in a traditional grid with three seamlessly mirrored sides, creating an optical illusion of infinite trees in a reference to historical narratives on the agrarian fields that existed before urbanization.”
  • Writer and Critical Studies faculty member Maggie Nelson, one of the six literature grantees, was selected for her project, The Myth of Freedom and Other Essays. The book of experimental scholarship—linked by the ideas of freedom, emancipation and liberation—will cover diverse topics in art, culture, politics and literature.

Three CalArtians were selected in the Performing Arts category:

  • Writer/director Jesse Bonnell (Theater BFA 07), a member of the Poor Dog Group theater collective, was awarded a grant for his theater project, Dionysia: My parents were in a cult, which examines “cult culture within religious factions in a decisively contemporary political and social context.”
  • Choreographer luciana achugar’s (Dance BFA 95) project OTRO TEATRO is a “dance meditation on the relationship between aesthetics and ideology,” in which dancers are seated in the audience, moving between roles of performer and viewer.
  • Miwa Matreyek’s (Film/Video, Integrated Media MFA 07) project, This World Made Itself, is a live performance piece with animation that explores the earth’s history.

Using venture capitalist strategies, Creative Capital’s investment in each project includes up to $50,000 in direct financial support and advisory services. The organization helps artists build sustainable practices and further innovative projects that other funders may overlook.

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