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Art Matters Names 2018 Grantees

Art Matters, the nonprofit foundation established by philanthropist Laura Donnelley in 1985, has announced the recipients of its 2018 grants to individual artists. Twenty-four artists will be awarded $7,500 each for their “ongoing work that breaks ground aesthetically and socially.”

“These incredible artists both experiment with form and address issues of justice and liberation in ways that we believe have the potential to catalyze change,” Art Matters director Abbey Williams said in a statement. “Excited by how they bring their lived experiences within various geographic and cultural contexts to their practice, we hope our no-strings-attached funding can help amplify their important voices.”

Art Matters went on a hiatus from grantmaking in 1996, due to a lack of funds. By that time, the organization had given more than $2 million to two thousand artists. It was able to revive the program in 2007 and since then has supported more than three hundred artists. Among the artists receiving grants this year are Chloë Bass, a conceptual artist whose work explores scales of intimacy; Texas Isaiah, a photographer who shoots portraits of the queer and trans community; and Anya Simone, a harpist, singer, and songwriter, who is working on a web series based on the lives of four fictional trans women in Detroit.

The full list of grantees is as follows:

Leila Abdelrazaq, Detroit, Michigan
Ron Athey, Los Angeles, California
Natalie Ball, Chiloquin, Oregon
Chloë Bass, Brooklyn, New York
Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Oakland, California
Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, New Orleans, Louisiana
Lenka Clayton, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Colectivo Moriviví, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Lauren Halsey, Los Angeles, California
Teresa Hernández, San Juan, Puerto Rico
James T. Hong, Baldwin Park, California
Baseera Khan, Brooklyn, New York
Autumn Knight, New York, New York
El Franco Lee II, Houston, Texas
Mev Luna, Cicero, Illinois
Charles Preston, Chicago, Illinois
Reginald Dwayne Betts and Titus Kaphar, New Haven, Connecticut
Gisela Rosario Ramos, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Jordan Seaberry, Riverside, Rhode Island
Ahya Simone, Detroit, Michigan
Jennifer Taylor, San Francisco, California
Texas Isaiah, Los Angeles, California
Dani Tirrell, Seattle, Washington
Rory Wakemup, Morton, Minnesota