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Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou wandering and whispering in the streets of Athens, Greece, for Pope.L’s Whispering Campaign at Documenta 14. Photo: Pope.L

VIA Art Fund Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

In its first round of grants for 2017, VIA Art Fund has awarded $310,000 to more than fifty artists, writers, curators, and visual arts organizations. “The selected projects stand out for their generative spirit, meaningful impact, and pioneering vision beyond the confines of traditional exhibition environments,” the nonprofit said in a statement.

“We are thrilled to fund over $300,000 in grants to support new work by groundbreaking artists and independent organizations for projects that may not otherwise have come to fruition given the current state of public funding for the arts,” VIA president Bridgitt Evans, said. “Each of these innovative projects is exemplary of our guiding principles of artistic production, thought leadership, and public engagement; and represents the enterprising and visionary spirit we work tirelessly to champion.”

Among the spring 2017 grant recipients for Artistic Production were William Pope.L’s sound installation and performance for Documenta 14, taking place in both Athens and Kassel; a site-specific nomadic installation in Los Angeles by artist Jose Dávila for the Getty Foundation’s PST: LA/LA initiative presented by LAND; a residency and performance by artist Ann Carlson taking place in the Gallatin Valley, Montana, presented by Mountain Time Arts; and the first ever US retrospective exhibition of German artist Charlotte Posenenske opening in the fall of 2018 at Dia:Beacon.

Incubator grants totaling $45,000 were awarded to support the New York–based organizations Independent Curators International and Triple Canopy as well as New Orleans–based Antenna. The recently created Incubator grants category supports small to mid-size nonprofit organizations whose activities are rooted in programs, publications, and projects that encourage experimentation and embrace diverse artistic voices.

The complete list of VIA Art Fund’s spring 2017 grantees is as follows:

Artistic Production Grantees

Dia Art Foundation, for the exhibition “Charlotte Posenenske: A Retrospective,” and the accession of the produced works into the Dia Art Foundation permanent collection.

Documenta 14, for Whispering Campaign by William Pope.L, presented at both Athens, Greece, and Kassel, Germany.

LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), for a public outdoor installation by Jose Dávila as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.

Mountain Time Arts, for a performative project and installation Symphonic Body / Water Work by Ann Carlson with participation of Gallatin Valley residents.

Storm King Art Center, for the site-specific installation The Oracle of Lacuna by Heather Hart.

The Walker Art Center, for a public performance and exhibition of Daniel Buren’s “Voile/Toile–Toile/Voile” and the accession of work into the Walker’s permanent collection.

Incubator Grantees

Antenna, New Orleans

Independent Curators International, New York

Triple Canopy, New York

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