Five Santa Monica Artists Receive City Artist Grants


The $16,000 artist grant will be awarded to painter and sculptor Meg Cranston

The City of Santa Monica awarded five Santa Monica artists Artist Grants in the thirteenth year of the city’s Individual Artist Support Program.

The artist grant of $16,000 will be awarded to a painter and sculptor Meg Cranston and multidisciplinary, mixed media and performance artists Gabon. The $4,200 project grants will be presented to a digital media artist Kio Griffith, receiving the second annual Kate Johnson Digital Arts Fellowship, and designer/architect/conceptual artist projects Kaitlin Drisko and playwright Tanya Maria White. This is Tanya Maria White’s second research fellowship.

“I plan to use the fellowship to seek collaborative partners in science and bring the arts and sciences together,” said Yrneh Gabon. “This award will also help me complete unfinished works of art and create community programs and projects in Santa Monica. It is an honor to serve.”

Santa Monica has one of the largest city-based individual artist programs in the United States

The Kate Johnson Digital Arts Fellowship was established by the Santa Monica Arts Commission to recognize the contributions of the local filmmaker and digital media artist who passed away in 2020. The award supports artists in electronic and/or digital disciplines, including including video, internet and game-based work, digital film and interactive fine art.

The Santa Monica Artist Fellowship was launched in 2009 as part of the city’s Creative Capital cultural plan, which identified support for individual artists as an essential part of a thriving arts ecosystem.

“The scholarship is a great honor,” said Cranston. “I’m going to use it to create a new exhibition. Thank you, Santa Monica, for all the love you show your artists!

The selection panelists for this year’s awards were LA Metro’s director of public arts and design, Letitia Fernandez-Ivins, Leslie Tamaribuchi, former production manager of the CalArts Center for New Performance and director of the Japan House Gallery, and Rochelle, cultural affairs officer for the city of Pasadena. Fork.


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