Special thanks and acknowledgement to He Li, assistant producer, researcher and artist at Lily & Honglei Art Studio.



Creative Capital is pleased to announce its 2015 awardees in the categories of Moving Image and Visual Arts, representing a total of 46 funded projects selected from a nationwide pool of more than 3,700 proposals. Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.

The 2015 Creative Capital Artists are an incredible group of creative thinkers, representing 50 artists at all stages of their careers with an age range of 28 to 80 years old. They hail from 13 states plus Puerto Rico and Canada; more than half are women, and more than half identify as non­-European American. Each funded project receives up to $50,000 in direct funding, plus additional resources and advisory services valued at $45,000, making the organization’s total 2015 investment more than $4,370,000. “We believe it is so critical to sustain a commitment to invention and experimentation, to provocation and beauty,” said Ruby Lerner, Founding President & Executive Director, Creative Capital. “This class of Creative Capital awardees does it all; these artists are engaged with the world, and the immediacy of their projects is breathtaking.”

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The 2015 awardees in Moving Image are: Michael Almereyda (New York, NY) Martha Colburn (Gettysburg, PA) Cherien Dabis (Los Angeles, CA) Christopher Harris (Oviedo, FL) Lauren Kelley (New York, NY) Maryam Keshavarz (Los Angeles, CA) Klip Collective (Josh James and Ricardo Rivera) (Philadelphia, PA) Andy Kropa (Brooklyn, NY) Lily & Honglei (New Haven, CT) Shola Lynch (New York, NY) Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen (Los Angeles, CA) Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva (Mayer\Leyva) (Miami, FL) Lotfy Nathan (Los Angeles, CA) Pat O’Neill (Pasadena, CA) Carlo Ontal (Jersey City, NJ) Lorelei Pepi (Vancouver, Canada) Shawn Peters (Brooklyn, NY) Jennifer Reeder (Hammond, IN) Jon Rubin (Pittsburgh, PA) Ry Russo-Young (New York, NY) Lee Anne Schmitt (Altadena, CA) Dan Schneidkraut (Minneapolis, MN) Travis Wilkerson (Los Angeles, CA)

The 2015 awardees in Visual Arts are: A.K. Burns (Brooklyn, NY) Heather Cassils (Los Angeles, CA) Carolina Caycedo (Los Angeles, CA) Mike Crane (Brooklyn, NY) Danielle Dean (Houston, TX) Abigail DeVille (Bronx, NY) Maria Gaspar (Chicago, IL) Mariam Ghani (Brooklyn, NY) Eric Gottesman (Cambridge, MA) Titus Kaphar (New Haven, CT) Jon Kessler (New York, NY) Narcissister (Brooklyn, NY) Brittany Nelson (Richmond, VA) Lorraine O’Grady (New York, NY) Jeanine Oleson (Brooklyn, NY) Gala Porras-Kim (Los Angeles, CA) Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (San Juan, Puerto Rico) Carrie Schneider (Brooklyn, NY) Anna Sew Hoy (Los Angeles, CA) Amie Siegel (New York, NY) Katrin Sigurdardottir (New York, NY) Wu Tsang (Los Angeles, CA) Ivan Velez (Bronx, NY) Read more about these artists, their projects and the selection process at

Image credits (clockwise from top left): Eric Gottesman, Barbershop. A.K. Burns. Heather Cassils, Becoming an Image. Titus Kaphar, Untitled II. Jon Kessler, The Web. Cherien Dabis, still from May in the Summer. Martha Colburn, study for Western Wilds. Lily & Honglei, Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China. Maryam Keshavarz, research image for The Last Harem.

About Creative Capital

Creative Capital’s pioneering approach, inspired by venture-capital principles, surrounds adventurous artists in all disciplines with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers. Since 1999, Creative Capital’s awards program has committed more than $35 million in financial and advisory support to 465 projects representing 579 artists, including Kyle Abraham, Janine Antoni, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Theaster Gates, Meredith Monk, Laura Poitras, Rebecca Solnit and The Yes Men. Creative Capital has reached nearly 10,000 additional artists in more than 400 communities through its career-development workshops and webinars.

Creative Capital receives major support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, Lambent Foundation, The Theo Westenberger Estate, Booth Ferris Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Catharine & Jeffrey Soros, Paige West, Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Muriel Pollia Foundation, Clifton Foundation, Cordish Family Foundation, Sylvia Golden, Rappaport Family Foundation, Stephen Reily & Emily Bingham, Tequila Herradura, Two Sisters and a Wife Foundation, and more than 250 other institutional and individual donors.