Awarded Career Incentive Funds (CIF), Spring 2016

This program is currently closed.

Daniel Smith used CIF to travel to Cuba to present his exhibition The Seattle-Havana-Tehran Poster Show at Havana’s second Festival del Cartel (Poster Festival). The grant helped him attend the festival, share his exhibit with an international audience, conduct further research into the contemporary Cuban poster, and foster deeper connections between Seattle, Havana, and Tehran.

Emily Zimmerman will use CIF to further develop her research and investigations into the role of trust in participatory and performative works. She will conduct interviews across the United States and internationally with artists, choreographers, philosophers, theater directors, producers, and curators, and will visit major exhibitions that raise these issues, such as Documenta 14.

Lou Watson used their grant to offset accommodation and travel expenses associated with participating in an exhibition and performance at the Henry Art Gallery.

Lisa Radon will travel to London and Helsinki this summer to participate in exhibitions at Jupiter Woods and Ruler. Both are artist-run spaces/projects.

Molly Mac will use CIF to accompany If You Don’t They Will (Kate Boyd and Cristien Storm) on a series of research trips to visit rural anti-racist/anti-fascist activists who fought (and are still fighting) white nationalist organizations in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. On this trip, Molly will make firsthand connections with rural activist networks and conduct research to support her role as curator for an online exhibition that will include an oral history archive (images and interviews), artworks, and an interactive organizing forum.

Tivon Rice will use CIF to both participate in and direct workshops for the 2nd Modern Body Festival, to be co-located in Taipei and The Hague in fall 2016. The workshop in Taiwan will focus on engaging with artists and organizers working in the “Toad Hill Settlement,” an informal series of encampments in an otherwise thoroughly modern urban setting. The grant will support travel for both the Taipei project and the presentation of the resulting research in The Hague.

Abundant thanks to the Foundation’s 2016 Grant Selection Committee for carefully reviewing and evaluating CIF applications:

Mack McFarland is an artist, curator, and Director of Exhibitions at Pacific Northwest College of Art. His current focus swirls around issues of class, race, techno-culture, and phenomenological perception. These explorations manifest in the form of exhibitions, postcards, performances, and videos. With his works and exhibitions McFarland aims to develop a space for the viewer to experience an intersection of visceral aesthetic and cognition via contemplative sensory experiments.

Mary Ann Peters is an artist whose combined studio work, installations, public art projects, and arts activism have made noted contributions to the Northwest and nationally for over 30 years. Most recently her work has focused on the overlap of contemporary events with splintered histories in the Middle East. Her awards include the 2015 Stranger Genius Award in Visual Art, a 2013 Art Matters Foundation research grant, the MacDowell Colony Pollock Krasner Fellowship (2011), the Civita Institute Fellowship (2004) and the Behnke Foundation Neddy Award in Painting (2000). She is a founder of COCA (Center on Contemporary Art), a recipient of the Artist Trust Leadership and Arts Award, and former board member and board president of NCFE (National Campaign for Freedom of Expression), the seminal group who defended artist rights and the First Amendment during the Helms era. She lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Roya Amirsoleymani oversees public programs, education, and community engagement with the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) in Portland, OR. As part of role, she helped to establish and now manages the Precipice Fund, a grants initiative that supports collaborative, experimental visual art projects in the Portland area, and which is administered by PICA as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program. Roya earned an interdisciplinary B.A. in Contemporary Visual Culture and Gender Studies from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies in California, and holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from the University of Oregon, where her terminal research examined public participation and community engagement in contemporary feminist art programs. In her work, she is committed to exploring new models for public engagement in contemporary art and performance, and to facilitating connections among audiences, artists, academics, and academics.