STUDIO Receives NEA Grant to Support Artist Residencies

The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry is honored to be one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant in 2012. The STUDIO’s $30,000 grant will support several artist residencies that emphasize the creation of work in new media arts and emerging art forms.

The residencies are intended for emerging artists whose work exemplifies new modes of artistic production. The STUDIO is presently focused on supporting the work of artists who create and adapt new technologies in their work, through research investigations in forms such as interactive installation, mechatronics, computational cinema, tactical media, critical software, game arts, and information visualization.

Artists will spend residencies of 10 to 100 days in the STUDIO and receive (as necessary) housing, travel and project funding as well as the opportunity to connect with Carnegie Mellon University’s world-class science and engineering departments. Artists will be selected by a panel of interdisciplinary practitioners.

“On behalf of the STUDIO and Carnegie Mellon, we are tremendously honored to receive this support from the NEA,” said Golan Levin, director of the STUDIO. “At a time when funding to the arts is scarce, we are very grateful that the Endowment would recognize the cultural potential of new media arts and related practices, and the promise of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for facilitating such work.”

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for the Art Works program, requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences.