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Malik Gaines' group My Barbarian has been awarded a highly competitive 2012 Creative Capital grant in the Visual Arts.

Malik Gaines' group My Barbarian has been awarded a highly competitive 2012 Creative Capital grant in the Visual Arts.  The group's proposed work includes workshops, performances and an exhibition in Israel and Egypt, continuing their ongoing "Post-Living Ante-Action Theater (PoLAAT)" project. 

 Creative Capital 2012 Grant Announcement


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2012 Film/Video GranteesLeft to right: Stacey Steers, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Christopher Sullivan, Michael Robinson

Creative Capital announces its 2012 grants in Film/Video and Visual Arts, awarded to 46 adventurous and risk-taking projects representing 56 artists. Creative Capital will provide the 2012 grantees with up to $50,000 in direct project funding, plus advisory services valued at more than $40,000. Since its founding in 1999, Creative Capital has committed nearly $25 million in financial and advisory support to artists, including nearly $3 million in 2011 alone.

The recipients of the 2012 Creative Capital grants in Film/Video are: Cam Archer, Robert Bahar & Almudena Carracedo, Amy Belk & Matt Porterfield, Brad Butler, Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel, Eric Dyer, Daniel Eisenberg, Yance Ford, Brian L. Frye & Penny Lane, Sonali Gulati, Kenneth Jacobs, Nina Menkes, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Brian Pera, Rick Prelinger, Michael Robinson, Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Norbert Shieh, Stacey Steers, Deborah Stratman, Jesse Sugarmann, Christopher Sullivan and Jake Yuzna.

The recipients of the 2012 Creative Capital grants in Visual Arts are: Janine Antoni, Raven Chacon & Nathan Young, Patty Chang, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Theaster Gates, Ken Gonzales-Day, Taraneh Hemami, Tahir Hemphill, Simone Leigh, Eric Leshinsky & Zach Moser, Phillip Andrew Lewis, Carlos Motta, My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon & Alexandro Segade), The Propeller Group (Matt Lucero & Tuan Andrew Nguyen), Teri Rofkar, Paul Rucker, Connie Samaras, Lisa Sigal, Jim Skuldt, Kerry Tribe, Joan Waltemath, Women (Scott Barry & Neil Doshi) and Amy Yao.

As a premier provider of risk capital in the arts, Creative Capital has re-invigorated its grantmaking process to emphasize the importance of risk-taking, seeking work that is highly contemporary, daring, delightful and complex—work that astonishes with the richness of its ideas and encompasses the latest thinking in the field. This year's grantees push the boundaries of visual arts, film and video, and include a wide mix of ages, cultures, geographies and career stages. More information on the grantees' projects can be found in the artist projects section of our website.

Creative Capital received a total of 3,247 submissions from artists in all 50 states for the 2012 grants in Visual Arts and Film/Video. We thank the nearly 100 arts professionals and artists from across the country who served as readers, evaluators and panelists to review the submissions and select the 2012 grantees. Read more about how the 2012 grants were selected here.

2012 Visual Arts GranteesLeft to right: LaToya Ruby Frazier, Taraneh Hemami, My Barbarian, Kerry Tribe

About Creative Capital 
Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital's pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project's success and foster sustainable practices for its grantees. Since its founding in 1999, Creative Capital has committed nearly $25 million in financial and advisory support to 372 projects representing 463 artists, and its Professional Development Program has reached more than 4,000 artists in 50 communities across the country. For more information, visit

Creative Capital's core program receives support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Booth Ferris Foundation, the Muriel Pollia Foundation, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, Catharine and Jeffrey Soros, Paige West, and more than 150 other institutional and individual donors, in addition to support from the Kresge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the Professional Development Program.