NEW YORK—Creative Capital has announced its grantees for 2020, including several artists living and working in the South. Awardees include Jasmin Mara Lopez and Jackie Sumell (both based in New Orleans), John W. Love Jr. (Charlotte), and Papel Machete (Puerto Rico).
In the press release, Suzy Delvalle, Creative Capital’s president and executive director, said, “Though these artists come to us from very different backgrounds, work in different fields, and explore a wide range of subjects, they share a dedication to pushing boundaries, both ours and their own.” She continued, “We are thrilled to be supporting them and their work, and cannot wait to see these projects grow and mature to fruition.”
The projects that earned 2020 Creative Capital Awards are based in fifteen different states and territories. Of the forty-one artists, over seventy-six percent identify as people of color, fifty-six percent identify as women, and fourteen percent as trans or gender nonbinary; two identify as being disabled. They range in age from 27 to 67. Burnaway assistant editor Jasmine Amussen served as a reviewer during the selection process for the awards.
MIAMI—Artists Ilana Harris-Babou and Mateo Nava have been named the recipients of the National YoungArts Foundation’s 2020 Jorge M. Pérez Award. The $25,000 prize, which is funded by the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation, was established to support emerging and mid-career artists who have demonstrated artistic excellence. Selected by Jorge M. Pérez, and Patricia García-Vélez Hanna, Harris-Babou and Nava will each receive $12,500.
PETERBOROUGH, NH—The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, has announced the eighty-seven artists who will receive fellowships for upcoming winter and spring residencies, including Jasmine Amussen, assistant editor of Burnaway. This cycle of fellowships, each of which is approximately valued at more than $10,000, received 913 applications.
“At a time where societies feel imperiled and the news cycle endless, providing time and space in a pastoral setting is a vital opportunity for creative spirits to risk and experiment with new ideas,” said MacDowell executive director Philip Himberg. “More than ever, the work of MacDowell feels urgent, and our hope is that the plays, novels, music, and visual art that is born, in part, in Peterborough, finds amplification across the globe. Art informs us and transforms us.”
MOBILE—After receiving $100,000 in support from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Alabama Contemporary Art Center has announced major plans for 2020, including the promotion of curator elizabet elliott to executive director. She previously served as the museum’s director of exhibitions and operations. The museum also plans to become W.A.G.E. certified, promising to pay all artists and contributors fairly based on their budget, a move that would make the museum the first W.A.G.E.-certified institution in Alabama.
ATLANTA—In a statement released last week, Atlanta Contemporary announced its 2020 curatorial goals and plans for the next twenty-four months. The museum’s executive director Veronica Kessenich wrote, “I am excited to share that January 2020 launches a bold new vision. Over the course of the next 24 months, Atlanta Contemporary has invited a range of diverse, established, and emerging curators to mount high-profile exhibits in the main galleries, project spaces, and newly identified settings. The range in experience as well as their progressive exhibitions reflects the mosaic of attendees, members, and patrons of Atlanta Contemporary.” No plans to hire a new permanent curator have been announced, leaving that position vacant since Daniel Fuller’s departure from the museum last June.
BENTONVILLE—Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced that the institution has acquired four works by contemporary female artists including Amy Sherald and Dyani White Hawk. “These acquisitions demonstrate Crystal Bridges’ commitment to developing an inclusive American art collection—and exhibition program,” said Austen Barron Bailly, chief curator at Crystal Bridges. “We made great strides in 2019 by organizing and presenting exhibitions that featured artists from a wide range of backgrounds… Looking ahead to a new decade, we are excited to continue to highlight the contributions of underrepresented artists to American art history, many of whom are introduced to Crystal Bridges audiences through our exhibitions.”
ATLANTA—Museum of Design Atlanta has announced that its programming this year will be organized around the theme of “Climate + Change.” In a release, the museum said, “Over the past years, many members of MODA’s audience have shared concerns about changes in our climate and their impact on individuals, communities, and the planet. We share their concern. Climate change is the defining issue of our time. The exhibitions and programs that will be part of 2020: The Year of Climate + Change will confront this challenge head-on by demonstrating how designers in our community and across the globe are offering solutions.” The first exhibition organized for this theme will be Learning From Nature: The Future of Design, which opens on February 23.