Arts Writers Announces 2021 Grants

The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant is pleased to announce its 2021 grantees. The program supports writing about contemporary art and aims to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.

In its 2021 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant has awarded a total of $695,000 to 20 writers. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories—articles, books and short-form writing— these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies.

The Arts Writers Grant is funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and administered by Creative Capital.

“The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant supports a vital component of the visual arts ecosystem– writers. These critics and scholars do the important work of chronicling, contextualizing, and complicating our contemporary moment as it is expressed by artists,” states Joel Wachs, President of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. “The Arts Writers Grant recognizes the rigorous and generous engagement arts writers have with artists and their work and celebrates their ability to illuminate artistic interventions into the structures that govern our contemporary cultural moment.”

“It is exhilarating to see the enormous geographic reach and international framing that many of this year’s Arts Writers Grantees are engaging in their work,” said Pradeep Dalal, Director of the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. “Emphasizing the role of artist communities, with practices that cover literally every continent, these projects speak to the desire for exchanges that cross borders as well as those that establish connections across uncharted ‘South-South’ axes, rather than falling back on European or American art histories.”

See the Arts Writers website to read more about the 2021 Arts Writers Grants.


Priyanka Basu — “Between Past and Present in Tuni Chatterji’s Okul Nodi”
Fiona Alison Duncan — “Pippa: Queen of the Future—On the Transgressive Life of Artist Pippa Garner
Tiona Nekkia McClodden — “The Cloth [Untitled Belkis Ayon Project]”


Erica N. Cardwell Wrong is Not My Name: Essays and Stories on Black Feminist Visual Culture
C. Ondine Chavoya — Asco: Disgust and Creative Resistance in L.A.
Erina Duganne Visual Solidarities: Art, Activism, and Central America
Rebecca M. Schreiber Visualizing Displacement in the Americas: The Aesthetics of Mobility and Immobilization
Sarah-Neel Smith Envisioning the Middle East: The Lost History of America’s Cultural Exchanges, 1952-79
Gloria Sutton Against the Immersive: Shigeko Kubota’s Video Sculptures
Jordan Troeller Sculpture’s Progeny: Motherhood and Artistic Creation in Ruth Asawa’s San Francisco

Short-Form Writing

Kriston Capps
Hera Chan
Chris Fite-Wassilak
Asa Mendelsohn
Darla Migan
Sadia Shirazi
TK Smith
Ana Tuazon
Xin Wang
Simon Wu

The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. The program is administered by Creative Capital.

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