Art Matters Names 2017 Grantees, Including Zoe Buckman and EJ Hill

Eve Fowler, the difference is spreading, 2015.


New York’s Art Matters foundation has revealed its list of 2017 grantees. Given to artists making work with social issues in mind, grants are awarded annually, each with $7,500.

In addition to artists, Art Matters has awarded a grant this year to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for an exhibition of work by Kameelah Janan Rasheed (a former Art Matters grantee) on Governors Island in New York. Other past grantees include Sadie Barnette, Glenn Kaino, Park McArthur, Postcommodity, Carolee Schneemann, and Sable Elyse Smith.

In a statement, Art Matters director Sacha Yannow said, “We are thrilled to support this extraordinary group of artists from across the U.S. A diverse and expansive range of contemporary practice within various geographic and cultural contexts, their work engages justice and liberation issues and experiments with form. We feel their voices are important and through our funding, we hope to help amplify them.”

The full list of 2017 Art Matters grantees follows below.

The Aadizookaan (Detroit, MI)
Patty Berne (Berkeley, CA)
Zoe Buckman (New York, NY)
Oletha DeVane (Ellicott City, MD)
Eve Fowler (Los Angeles, CA)
Free Black Dirt (Minneapolis, MN)
Ricardo Gamboa (Chicago, IL)
Maria Gaspar (Chicago, IL)
EJ Hill (Los Angeles, CA)
Lauren Iida (Seattle, WA)
Gelare Khoshgozaran (Los Angeles, CA)
Guadalupe Maravilla (Richmond, VA)
Babatunde Olaniran (Flint, MI)
Victor Pacheco (Worcester, MA)
Omar Pimienta (National City, CA)
Naima Ramos-Chapman (Brooklyn, NY)
Barak adé Soleil (Chicago, IL)
Studio Revolt (Tacoma, WA)
Ricky Tagaban (Juneau, AK)
Luis Tapia (Santa Fe, NM)
Jina Valentine (Durham, NC)
Lorna Williams (New Orleans, LA)

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