Congratulations to our 2018 grantees!

February 15, 2021

2018 Grantee Texas Isaiah, Andrew (The Altar), Courtesy of the artist.


Art Matters is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2018 grants to individual artists. The foundation awarded 24 fellowships of 7,500 USD each for ongoing work that breaks ground aesthetically and socially.

In announcing the grants, Art Matters Director Abbey Williams said, “These incredible artists both experiment with form and address issues of justice and liberation in ways that we believe have the potential to catalyze change. Excited by how they bring their lived experiences within various geographic and cultural contexts to their practice, we hope our no-strings-attached funding can help amplify their important voices."


2018 Grantees:

Leila Abdelrazaq (Detroit, MI)
Ron Athey (Los Angeles, CA)
Natalie Ball (Chiloquin, OR)
Chloë Bass (Brooklyn, NY)
Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik (Oakland, CA)
Lenka Clayton (Pittsburgh, PA)
Colectivo Moriviví (San Juan, PR)
Lauren Halsey (Los Angeles, CA)
Teresa Hernández (San Juan, PR)
James T. Hong (Baldwin Park, CA)
Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick (New Orleans, LA)
Baseera Khan (Brooklyn, NY)
Autumn Knight (New York, NY)
El Franco Lee II (Houston, TX)
Mev Luna (Chicago, IL)
Charles Preston (Chicago, IL)
Reginald Dwayne Betts and Titus Kaphar (New Haven, CT)
Gisela Rosario Ramos (San Juan, PR)
Jordan Seaberry (Riverside, RI)
Ahya Simone (Detroit, MI)
Jennifer Taylor (San Francisco, CA)
Texas Isaiah (Los Angeles, CA)
Dani Tirrell (Seattle, WA)
Rory Wakemup (Morton, MN)

We would also like to congratulate Art Matters co-founder and donor Laura Donnelley on receiving a 2018 Montblanc Cultural Foundation Arts Patronage Award. At the award ceremony earlier this fall, Art Matters Advisor Sacha Yanow spoke to the nature of Laura’s philanthropy, “Art Matters is not a family foundation but it certainly is a family in the best sense of family. We are now three generations of artists, board and staff, working together to put forward liberation, beauty and justice in the world through art. We thank you, Laura, for the love and trust that has built this.”

Full video of the award ceremony and more information can be found HERE.

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