2018 Anything Art Grant Winners

The Anything Art Grant is an experimental grant structure, where artist's application fees fund the award itself. Every artist who applied funded this award and allowed for this to be possible. We sincerely thank all artists who applied, and look forward to continuing to provide innovative and experimental structures for funding artists. 

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$1000 Award Winner

Kei Ito

"I am a third generation A-bomb victim of Hiroshima and I am currently collaborating with a sound artist who's grandfather was one of the Manhattan Project engineers(Project developed an A-bomb later used to bomb Hiroshima/Nagasaki).

On August 6th 1945, at 8:15 AM, my grandfather witnessed a great tragedy that destroyed nearly everything in Hiroshima. He survived the bombing, yet he lost many of his family members from the explosion and radiation poisoning. As an activist and author, my grandfather fought against the use of nuclear weaponry throughout his life, until he too passed away from cancer when I was ten years old. I remember him saying that day in Hiroshima was like hundreds of suns lighting up the sky."

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$500 Award Winner

Nava Levenson

"I intend to use this grant to work on a new project tentatively title Practice Preserves. The mission of this project is to archive practices of a group artists through alternate means of preservation. During this project, I will be exploring the intersection of homesteading, art making, and curating in order to understanding a practice through its scrap material similar to the way we understand american culture through thrift/junk stores."


$500 Award Winner

Derick Whitson

"This grant will help me continue my active photographic practice. I would be extremely excited to win this award, as I am fighting as a queer male of color, to find individuals who are willing to support my efforts in telling my story in order to connect with those who don't feel as if they have a voice."


$250 Honorable Mention

Erika Morillo

"I envision utilizing this grant to make a photobook of my photographic project "Umbral". In Spanish, Umbral means gateway, a portal, the first step towards something. As I witness my son’s childhood, I often see him in that in-between space, drifting in and out of reality and the places I have imagined for him. Becoming a single mother at a young age proved frightening to me, and not for the obvious reasons. I felt a huge responsibility to create a nurturing childhood for him, different from the dysfunctional one I had lived. With these images I wanted to intervene, to somehow create a magical space that could lessen his generational baggage. With this project I aim to explore both my fantasies of what childhood should be and the freedom my son needs to live his own reality."


$250 Honorable Mention

Noel Kassewitz

"How does an artist prepare for climate change?

For centuries, creating paintings involved planning for their long term stability. Artists learned how to layer theirs oils in such a way as to minimize future cracking. New pigments were created that were less volatile and held their original color far longer than before.  Knives were hung beneath portraits so that should a home catch fire the owner could quickly cut the painting from it's heavy frame and toss it out the window to safety. 

Today, we are facing unprecedented levels of chaos with our climate. These changes affect everything: people, economies, food systems, homes, ...and artwork. While there are myriad ways the change is occurring, one most concerning to my Miami-born self is rising sea levels. When homes flood, what happens to the artwork inside? Children, pets, and passports all tend to take precedent over a painting, no matter how beloved. Paintings will need to handle surviving on their own. So to tackle this problem, I learned to weave and now imbed buoys & floatation devices into the very canvas of my paintings. When the sea levels rise, my paintings will float up and off the walls, living to see another day. "