Sunday, March 13, 2005

Creative Capital phase 1 deadline: tomorrow!

Get ready, get set, go! You have about 24 hours left to log onto the CREATIVE CAPITAL website to submit the Inquiry Form (basically, a letter of intent to apply, with a description of your proposed project--it has to fall into one of the categories being funded this cycle) and your bio-resume, etc.

This very cool funding agency, based in NY, has supported the work of very adventuresome and experimental work, including the art of some folks I know (Daniel Alexander Jones of Austin, Cristina Ibarra of El Paso, and Liz Cohen of San Francisco). Creative Capital actively assists funded artists throughout the production/distribution/exhibition process of their projects. They are very hands-on.

Even if you choose not to apply for a grant or if you don't happen to get funded (I tried a coupla years ago, and made it to the finalist phase...), there are still some resources you might find useful. Check the website under Toolkit/Toolbox or something like that.

The Guidelines and Inquiry Form for interested applicants are on the website. Keep in mind: Inquiry Forms must be submitted by March 14, 2005.

Liz Cohen, who was just selected for funding, was at the Headlands Center for the Arts when I was doing a month-long residency there in March 2003. She mentioned that she was a little overwhelmed by a new project involving a German car, a car she said that "wants to become an El Camino." It was in storage in Oakland, and she was negotiating a deal with an auto body specialist. I was so impressed by her apparent commitment to learn how to do auto body work and to basically give the German car a "makeover" in the likeness of a classic American car.

Just a few weeks ago I read that Liz wants to be the first bikini-clad woman, on the cover of a "lowrider" magazine, who owns a show car which she has remodeled herself.

Liz Cohen has exhibited her photographs and video works in San Francisco and Berlin, Germany. Her latest project, BODYWORK, was featured in the July 2003 issue of Wired Magazine, where she has been dubbed an “industrial artist.” She holds a MFA from the California College of Arts and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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