Awardee niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa’s BLACK POWER NAPS. Photo: Xeno Rafaél.

Creative Capital Awards $5 Million to Fifty Artist Projects

Creative Capital announced today the fifty-eight recipients of awards totaling $5 million. Working in literature, performance, the visual arts, moving-image art, technology, and other disciplines, the awardees will receive up to $50,000 in project funding and an additional $50,000 in career development services.

“There is no better way to mark our upcoming twentieth anniversary than by recognizing these artists and projects,” said Suzy Delvalle, Creative Capital’s president and executive director. “The 2019 class of Creative Capital awardees is a window into some of the most innovative, exciting, and powerful work being undertaken today. We cannot wait to see how these projects develop, and how this incredible community of artists grows together and evolves.”

Among the fifty projects receiving support are niv Acosta’s BLACK POWER NAPS, a multipurpose installation and organizing space focused on rest, rejuvenation, and black joy and collaboration with Fannie Sosa; Brandon Ballengée’s Searching for the Ghosts of the Gulf, which will seek out Gulf species that have not been seen since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill; Garrett Bradley’s Love, which will provide art objects to families who have loved ones who are currently incarcerated; and Elissa Washuta’s White Magic, a personal essay collection detailing her journey in becoming a practicing witch.

Selected from a pool of more than 5,200 applications, the artists were chosen by a nine-member, multidisciplinary panel composed of past awardees, curators, cultural producers, and other arts professionals.

Since its founding in 1999, Creative Capital has supported 561 projects with over $45 million in funding. It also offers professional-development opportunities, as well as legal, financial, and other consulting services. Applications for the 2020 Creative Capital Awards will open on February 1, 2019.

The full list of awardees is as follows:

niv Acosta

Polly Apfelbaum

Brandon Ballengée

Lisa Bates and Sharita Towne

Bahar Behbahani

Garrett Bradley

Charlotte Brathwaite


Todd Chandler

S. Leo Chiang

Nathaniel Corum and Joseph Kunkel

Ramona Diaz

Stephanie Dinkins

Laura Doggett

Caleb Duarte

Alejandro Durán

Larissa FastHorse

Johanna Fateman

Paul Flores, Rosalba Rolon, and Yosvany Terry

Ja’Tovia Gary

Allison Janae Hamilton

Michelle Handelman

Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Wes Hurley

Ekene Ijeoma

Raja Feather Kelly

Daresha Kyi

Kia LaBeija and Taina Larot

Jen Liu


Lauren McCarthy

Maaza Mengiste

Elissa Blount Moorhead

Meshelle Ndegeocello

Alison O’Daniel

Linda Parris-Bailey

Victor Payan and Pocha Peña

Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes

Michael Premo

Kathryn Ramey

Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby

Alan Ruiz

Alice Sheppard

Karina Aguilera Skvirsky

Michèle Stephenson

Leslie Tai

Cristal Chanelle Truscott

Shontina Vernon

Elissa Washuta

Ni’Ja Whitson