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Andy Warhol Foundation Awards Grants for Arts Writing

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced today the twenty-one recipients of its 2018 Arts Writers Grants. They will receive a total of $725,000. Administered by the New York–based nonprofit Creative Capital, the grants will support critical writing about contemporary art and range from $15,000 to $50,000.

“The foundation’s commitment to arts writing is a natural extension of the grants the foundation makes to artist-centered organizations and museums, which often include funds for the publication of exhibition catalogues, brochures, and other outlets for scholarly perspectives,” the foundation’s president, Joel Wachs, said in a statement. “Critical writing on contemporary art connects artists to audiences, increases dialogue around their work, and is vital to a dynamic and engaged visual art community in this country.”

Recipients were chosen based on their work in four writing categories: articles, blogs, books, and short-form writing. Since 2016, the program has funded more than 270 writers. Among the awardees are Rahel Aima, who will write on the persistence of techno-optimism in relation to race and the global south; Dawn Chan, whose work explores the correlation between Asian futurism, media art, and the formation of identity; and Wendy Vogel, who will write on the art world’s response to the #MeToo movement.

The twenty-one grantees are as follows:


Ashley Hunt, “The Political Economy of the Prison in Contemporary Art Exhibitions”

Yxta Murray, “Blights Out and Property Rights in New Orleans Post-Katrina Erin Thompson, Art after Guantánamo”


Andreana Donahue and Tim Ortiz, Disparate Minds

Essence Harden and Olivia K. Young, Speculative: Black Art Practices of the West

Bradford Nordeen, Memorabilia: Queer Countercultures and Moving Image Art

Susan Snodgrass, In/Site: Reflections on the Art of Place


Malik Gaines, Future Ruins: The Art of Abstractive Democracy

Elena Gorfinkel, Aesthetic Strike: Cinemas of Exhaustion

Jessica Horton, Earth Diplomacy: Indigenous American Art and Reciprocity, 1953–1973

Lucy Ives, She is Raining: The Work and Life of Madeline Gins

Eric Golo Stone, Artist Contracts in the Political Economy

Michael Stone-Richards, Care of the City: Ruination, Abandonment, and Hospitality in Contemporary Practice

Claire Tancons, Roadworks: Processional Performance in the New Millennium

Short-Form Writing:

Rahel Aima

Siobhan Burke

Dawn Chan

Darren Jones

Christina Catherine Martinez

Wendy Vogel

Chloe Wyma