2017 Recipients
Awarded to Rudolf Frieling and Ed Halter

2017 Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art Recipients: (from left to right) Rudolf Frieling and Ed Halter

2017 ARTS WRITING AWARDS IN DIGITAL ART RECIPIENTS

Rudolf Frieling received the $40,000 award ($30,000 unrestricted, merit-based award + $10,000 project grant) for an established arts writer in the U.S. who has made significant contributions to writing about digital art. Rudolf Frieling is Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Important publications include Media Art Action (1997), Media Art Interaction (2000) and Media Art Net (2004/2005), all with Dieter Daniels. At SFMOMA he published The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now (2008) and most recently Bruce Conner: It’s All True (2016) with Gary Garrels.

Ed Halter received the $20,000 award ($15,000 unrestricted, merit-based award + $5,000 project grant) for an emerging arts writer in the U.S. who demonstrates great promise in writing about digital art. Ed Halter is Critic in Residence at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York and a founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn. He recently edited, with Lauren Cornell, the anthology Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century, and his writing has appeared in 4Columns, Artforum, The Village Voice and elsewhere. He is a 2009 recipient of the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and his book From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Video Games was published in 2006.

Read more about the 2017 Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art.

ABOUT THE AWARD

In 2015, the Foundation initiated a pilot phase award program to provide a $40,000 award ($30,000 unrestricted, merit-based award + $10,000 project grant) for an established arts writer in the U.S. who has made significant contribution to writing about digital art and a $20,000 award ($15,000 unrestricted, merit-based award + $5,000 project grant) 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 awards in recognition of the achievements that the writer has contributed to new dialogues and growth of the field. The Arts Writing Awards acknowledge sustained and innovative work, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship in articles, books, blogs and alternative media.