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Creative Capital Announces 2016 Arts Awards Winners

Creative Capital has announced the winners of its 2016 round of arts awards. The organization notes that over 50 percent of this year’s class are people of color. This announcement comes along with the news that Ruby Lerner, who has been president and executive director of Creative Capital since the institution was founded in 1999, will be retiring this March.

Winners for this year include Chris E. Vargas, Ahamefule J. Oluo, Eileen Myles, and Liz Glynn. Myles is receiving a grant for My Travels, a series of linked travel essays with a biographical bent, set in Boston, India, Ireland, New York, and Russia. Glynn is working on Gol[den], an installation and site for durational performances in a foreclosed home in Southern California. Oluo was awarded a grant for Susan, a long-form comedic storytelling piece and orchestral suite based on the life story of her mother, Susan Oluo. Vargas, meanwhile, is working on Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects, an exploration of objects that hold significance in narrating the history of transgender communities.

Past recipients of Creative Capital awards include filmmaker Laura Poitras, artists Theaster Gates and LaToya Ruby Frazier, and playwright Young Jean Lee.

For the full list of winners click here.