35 projects selected as winners of 2021 Creative Capital Awards

35 projects selected as winners of 2021 Creative Capital Awards
Artists selected for the 2021 Creative Capital Awards. Courtesy Creative Capital.
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After receiving nearly 4,000 applications, 35 projects have been selected as the 2021 winners of the Creative Capital Awards. The awards highlight and support the work of “risk-taking, adventurous artmaking” through a long-term partnership with Creative Capital offering career development and monetary awards totalling $1.75 million (£1.3 million).

In all, 42 individual artists make up the 35 projects spanning mediums and genres and the artists are as diverse as their projects. Hailing from 12 different US states and territories, 96 percent of the 2021 recipients identify as people of colour, 55 percent as female, 10 percent as having a disability, and the artists range in age from their 20s to their 70s.

Selecting the 2021 recipients was a panel of eight including: Naomi Beckwith, Manilow Senior Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; writer Ken Chen; Ryan Dennis, Chief Curator and Artistic Director for the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Center for Art and Public Exchange; Karen Farber, Vice President for External Affairs, Buffalo Bayou Partnership; Curator of the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Studio Program Jennifer Lange; George Lugg, CalArts Center for New Performance Consulting producer; Ali Momeni, 2013 Creative Capital Awardee and Senior Principal Scientist, AI and Robotics, Shield AI; and Lucy Mukerjee, Tribeca Film Festival Senior Programmer and Co-Founder of the Programmers of Colour Collective.

“We are thrilled to honor these brilliant artists and the powerful, boundary-pushing work that they are creating,” Creative Capital’s Interim Executive Director Leslie Singer said in a press release. ”We look forward to seeing these projects grow to make their mark on the world, in spite of the tremendous challenges this year has posed for so many artists.”

Since its founding in 1999, more than 780 artists have been supported through Creative Capital, which has invested much time and over $50 million (£37.4 million) in innovative artists working on groundbreaking projects. “The goal,” states the organization, “is not just the successful development of the project, but more stable and sustainable practices, on which artists can build.”

The following are the 2021 Creative Capital Awardees:

  • Suha Araj
    Brooklyn, NY
    Pickled (Khsara)
    Comedy, Narrative Film
  • People’s Kitchen Collective
    (Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Jocelyn Jackson, Saqib Keval)

    Oakland, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Mexico City, Mexico
    Artistic Activism, Social Practice
  • Wafaa Bilal
    New York, NY
    In a Grain of Wheat: Cultivating Hybrid Futures in Ancient Seed DNA
    Bio Art, Sculpture
  • Shirley Bruno
    Brooklyn, NY
    Just Come/Been To
    Experimental Film, Narrative Film
  • William D. Caballero
    Los Angeles, CA
    Animation, Documentary Film
  • The Black School (Joseph Cuillier III, Shani Peters)
    New York, NY
    The Black Schoolhouse
    Social Practice, Cultural Organizing
  • Reid Davenport
    Oakland, CA
    I Didn’t See You There
    Documentary Film
  • Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, Terence Nance
    Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles, CA
    Kiara Daja Diamond and the 777 Satisfactions
    Graphic Novel, Animation
  • Anne Finger
    Oakland, CA
    Wheeling in Berlin
    Literary Nonfiction
  • Shana M. Griffin
    New Orleans, LA
    Social Practice, Multimedia
  • Mitchell S. Jackson
    Chicago, IL
    John of Watts
    Literary Fiction
  • Lars Jan
    Los Angeles, CA
    Multimedia Performance, Augmented Reality
  • Meng Jin
    San Francisco, CA
    Mothers and Girls: A Fake Memoir
    Literary Fiction
  • Crystal Kayiza
    Brooklyn, NY
    The Gardeners
    Documentary Film, Experimental Film
  • Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer
    Brooklyn, NY
    Video Art, Narrative Film
  • Jenny Lion
    Minneapolis, MN
    untitled (Nevada, Utah)
    Documentary Film, Video Art
  • Marie Lorenz, Kurt Rohde, Dana Spiotta
    New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Syracuse, NY
    Newtown Odyssey
    Opera, Sculpture
  • Sabrina Orah Mark
    Athens, GA
    Happily: Essays on Motherhood and Fairytales
    Literary Nonfiction, Digital Media
  • Derek McPhatter
    Chicago, IL
    NightQueen Performance Suite
    Theater, Musical Theater
  • Julian Terrell Otis
    Chicago, IL
    Resolved: Critiquing Contemporary Music Through Improvised Performance
    Music Performance, Artistic Activism
  • Will Rawls
    Brooklyn, NY
    Dance, Animation
  • Tomeka Reid
    Brooklyn, NY
    Women of the AACM
    Artistic Activism, Music Performance
  • Marc Anthony Richardson
    Philadelphia, PA
    The Serpent Will Eat Whatever is in the Belly of the Beast
    Literary Fiction, Poetry
  • Sandy Rodriguez
    Los Angeles, CA
    Book 13: After the Conquest – Codex Rodriguez Mondragon
    Painting, Installation
  • Sherrill Roland
    Durham, NC
    The Jumpsuit Portal
    Social Practice, Multimedia
  • Bayeté Ross Smith
    New York, NY
    Art of Justice
    Artistic Activism, Installation
  • Jules Rosskam
    Philadelphia, PA
    Desire Lines
    Documentary Film
  • Legacy Russell
    New York, NY
    Literary Nonfiction, Digital Media
  • Elaine McMillion Sheldon
    Knoxville, TN
    King Coal
    Documentary Film, Experimental Film
  • Débora Souza Silva
    Oakland, CA
    Black Mothers
    Documentary Film, Artistic Activism
  • Martine Syms
    Los Angeles, CA
    Dumb World
    Narrative Film, Video Art
  • Anna Tsouhlarakis
    Boulder, CO
    Indigenous Absurdities
    Social Practice, Installation
  • Jessica Vaughn
    Brooklyn, NY
    Working Procedures
    Sculpture, Installation
  • Jordan Weber
    Des Moines, IA
    4MX Greenhouse
    Artistic Activism, Architecture and Design
  • Simone White
    Brooklyn, NY
    or, on being the other woman
    Poetry, Multimedia Performance