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Thursday, December 1, 2011

CL contributor Cinqué Hicks receives Warhol grant

The Warhol Foundation announced the recipients of the 2011 Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant Program today, including a $30,000 award to Creative Loafing visual art critic and columnist Cinqué Hicks. Hicks has been contributing to CL since 2008 and is the co-author of the recent inaugural Atlanta Art Now publication, Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape.

The award, in the category of Short-Form Writing, is not tied to a specific book or blog project. Hicks says that the grant will allow him to review work happening nearby cities like Birmingham, Rome, and Athens, as well as continue his work engaging Atlanta in a national and international arts dialogue. He is currently working on a project that began during a residency at the Hambidge Center earlier this year, a book proposal concerning the history of art criticism informing public culture.

The Warhol Foundation has awarded major grants to Atlanta arts institutions Art Papers and Eyedrum in recent years. "I feel like this grant is a win for Atlanta," Hicks said. "This is another way that a major organization is showing that Atlanta's contemporary art is worth investing in."

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