Woot: Two Coats of Paint wins a 2013 CC/Warhol Foundation Arts Writing Grant

What an unexpected and gratifying development! I send a heartfelt “Thank you” to all the panelists and evaluators who read through more than 600 applications and found Two Coats of Paint worthy of support. The grant will enable me to cut back a little bit on teaching so that I can spend more time crafting longer essays over the course of the year. Archiving seven years of content and moving the blog to a more secure server are also on the agenda.

[Image above: I look just like my mother in this photshopped selfie taken in the Brown University computer lab.]

To all my friends and colleagues who submitted applications that were not accepted–my advice is to just keep trying. This isn’t the first time I applied. And hearty congratulations to all the 2013 grant recipients listed below. I look forward to reading all the essays, books, and blogs that everyone produces.

From the press release:

The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2013 grants. Designed to support writing about contemporary art, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.

In its 2013 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant Program has awarded a total of 619,000 USD to twenty writers. Ranging from 10,000 USD to 50,000 USD in four categories�articles, blogs, books and short-form writing�these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to self-published blogs.

Melissa Messina, Mildred Thompson: Making the Invisible Visible (Savannah, GA)
Federico Windhausen, Narcisa Hirsch, the Goethe Group, and Argentine Experimental Cinema During the Dirty War (Oakland, CA)

Sharon Butler,Two Coats of Paint (New York, NY)
Ed Fuentes, Paint This Desert (Las Vegas, NV)
Andrew Horwitz, Art Criticism for the Post-Material World (Brooklyn, NY)

Monica Amor, Gego: Weaving the Space In Between (Philadelphia, PA)
Jennifer Bajorek, How to Write a Visual History of Liberation: Photography and Decolonial Imagination in Africa (Brooklyn, NY)
George Baker, Lateness and Longing: On the Afterlife of Photography (Los Angeles, CA)
Claudia Calirman, A Study from the Margins: Female Practices in Brazil and Chile
(New York, NY)
Kellie Jones, Art is an Excuse: Conceptual Strategies 1968-1983 (Brooklyn, NY)
Saloni Mathur, A Fragile Inheritance: Radical Stakes in Contemporary Indian Art
(Los Angeles, CA)
Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Troubled Waters: Ecology and History in 21st-Century Caribbean Art (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Krista Thompson, The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice (Evanston, IL)

Short-Form Writing
Andrew Berardini (Los Angeles, CA)
Robert Berlind (New York, NY)
Travis Diehl (Los Angeles, CA)
Travis Jeppesen (Berlin, Germany)
Jennifer Kabat (Margaretville, NY)
Kate Sutton (Nashville, TN)
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie (Beirut, Lebanon)



Enjoy this slideshow I made for an unrealized 2011 Kickstarter campaign. Readers will recognize many of the terrific paintings posted over the years. Let’s all be grateful that, thanks to CC/Warhol, I won’t have to revisit the dreary Kickstarter idea for at least another year.


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  1. I'm looking forward to some of those essays- perhasp a rebuttal to Saltz's comments regarding jis perceptions on the state of painting!

  2. Brian Sherwin here…. way to go! 🙂

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