2015 Recipients: Jon Ippolito & Joanne McNeil

Digital Art Writing Award

Digital & Electronic Art


Jon Ippolito received the $30,000 award for an established arts writer in the U.S. who has made significant contributions to writing in the digital arts. Jon Ippolito is Professor of New Media and Director of the Digital Curation program at the University of Maine, and from 1991-2006, was Associate Curator of Media Arts at the Guggenheim Museum. His current projects—including the Variable Media Network, ThoughtMesh and his co-authored books At the Edge of Art and Re-collection—aim to expand the art world beyond its traditional preoccupations.

Joanne McNeil received the $15,000 award for an emerging arts writer in the U.S. who demonstrates great potential in writing in the digital arts. Joanne McNeil is a New York based writer who was both a resident at Eyebeam in 2014 and a 2012 USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellow. Her writing has appeared in FriezeDissent and Domus. She contributed to books published by Space Caviar, AND/ The Piracy Project and forthcoming books from the Walker Art Center and New Documents.

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On December 15, 2015, Jon Ippolito and Joanne McNeil joined Christiane Paul in a conversation on the critical role of arts criticism about digital art and technology at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). “Better Words About Bits” explored the stakes of arts criticism for digital art and the place of digital art in the mainstream art historical canon. Ippolito and McNeil also shared strategies for writing about digital art and fielded diverse questions from a full audience of arts writers, curators, artists, and SVA students.

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