Nectar Ads Publisher Sharon Butler, author of Two Coats of Paint, has been awarded a 2013 grant by the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.
Founded in 2006, the Art Writers Grant Program is designed to support writing about contemporary art, in particular, writing that is both accessible, critical, and which makes an “indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture.” For its 2013 cycle, the program awarded a total of $619,000 to twenty writers, ranging in increments between $10,000 – $50,000.
Two Coats of Paint reviews and reports on contemporary painting. Founded in 2007, the site was named one of the top art blogs by The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and has previously received a Mindshare Award for visual arts blog excellence.
Read more about the award in Sharon’s announcement at Two Coats of Paint.
I send a heartfelt “Thank you” to all the panelists and evaluators who read through more than 600 applications and found Two Coats of Paint worthy of support.
Two Coats is the second publisher within the Nectar Ads network to be awarded the prestigious grant. In 2008, Paddy Johnson of ArtFCity was also awarded a grant in the Blog category.
During this year’s Bushwick Open Studios creator, painter and cultural writer Sharon Butler celebrated the 5th anniversary of Two Coats of Paint by inviting Austin Thomas of Pocket Utopia to curate an exhibition of paintings at Two Coat’s new Bushwick headquarters.
The exhibition included artists, Margaret Atkinson, Guy C. Corriero, Lawrence Greenberg, and Edie Nadelhaft and was kicked off with a an artist’s reception on Friday followed by discussions on painting and art throughout the weekend.
The reception was hailed as a great success. Hundreds of people, including numerous notable artists and journalists including, Don Voisine, Harriet Korman, Mira Schor and Susanna Heller stopped by to wish Two Coats of Paint a happy anniversary. Guests charmingly recorded advice for artists breaking into the art world on Sharon’s timeworn Royal Safari typewriter. An assortment of suggestions from the practical (how to clean your brushes) to the less obvious (not to force content) were recorded on the typewriter.
Since the spring of 2007, Two Coats of Paint has shared news, reviews, and commentary on contemporary painting and related subjects and continues to be widely read and praised by the art community. We at Nectar Ads want to congratulate Two Coats of Paint and Sharon Butler on five successful years and on her influential role as a leader within the thriving community of artists in Brooklyn and beyond.