SVA Faculty A.K. Burns and Alumni Mariam Ghani and Anna Sew Hoy Awarded Creative Capital Grants

January 29, 2015

MFA Fine Arts faculty member A.K. Burns and alumni Mariam Ghani (MFA 2002 Photography, Video and Related Media) and Anna Sew Hoy (BFA 1998 Fine Arts) have been named recipients of 2015 Creative Capital Grants. creativecapital200They are awardees in the Visual Arts category and were among 50 artists selected from a pool of over 3,700 proposals. Creative Capital Grants specialize in taking risks to support projects in the arts that are “bold, innovative and genre-stretching.”

Anna Sew Hoy was selected for her sculptural project, Psychic Body Grotto, a metaphorical gazebo made of clay and bronze that offers its viewers possibilities for “invented ritual and spontaneous gathering.”

grotto425Miriam Ghani‘s project,What we left unfinished, examines five films that Afghan filmmakers shot, but never edited, while working under the Afghan Communist state. Ghani reconnects these filmmakers with their unfinished works and explores the political and personal world in which these films were created.

unfinished425A.K. BurnsNegative Space is a multi-channel video that explore bodies in transition, creating a surreal experience that is part science fiction and part documentary. Partially shot in the deserts of southern Utah, the project documents how “both bodies and land have shifting boundaries and definitions.”

negative425Each grantee receives up to $50,000 in direct funding as well as access to professional workshops and expertise valued at an additional $45,000. For more info about Creative Capital, click here.

Images from top down: Mock up for Psychic Body Grotto; a still from What we left unfinished; and a HD video still from Negative Space.

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