2015 Recipients
Awarded to Jon Ippolito and Joanne McNeil

2015 Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art Recipients: Jon Ippolito, recipient of the $30,000 award for an established arts writer in the U.S., and Joanne McNeil, recipient of the $15,000 award for an emerging arts writer in the U.S.

THE 2015 ARTS WRITING AWARDS RECIPIENTS

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.

Read more about the 2015 Arts Writing Awards recipients.

“Better words about bits”

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.

Read more about “Better Words About Bits”.

ABOUT THE AWARD

In 2015, the Foundation initiated a pilot phase award program to provide a $30,000 award for an established arts writer in the U.S. who has made significant contribution to writing about digital art and a $15,000 award for an emerging arts writer in the U.S. who demonstrates great promise in writing about digital art.

The awards are no-strings-attached, merit-based award in recognition of the achievements that the writer has contributed to new dialogues and growth of the field. The arts writing awards reward sustained and innovative work, from general audience criticism to academic scholarship, in articles, books, blogs and alternative media.

We define arts writing focused in the digital arts as scholarship, history, criticism or theory of digital art that may address:

  • innovative and compelling uses of digital technologies in contemporary art
  • crucial issues related to the preservation, conservation, interpretation and understanding of digital art practices
  • the impact of developing technologies on the cultural landscape of the arts

Writing may address important issues in the digital arts (such as Internet art; software art; locative media; mixed, augmented and virtual reality; installation environments; device art) and art addressing evolving technologies.