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Thoma Foundation rewards writers on the digital arts

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, based in Santa Fe and Chicago, announced recipients of $45,000 in awards for arts writing Tuesday.

The inaugural program, which recognizes writing about the digital arts, awarded $30,000 for an established arts writer in the United States to Jon Ippolito, a professor and director of the digital curation program at the University of Maine.

Previously associate curator of media arts at the Guggenheim Museum, has co-authored “At the Edge of Art” and :Re-collection” and has demonstrated a life-long commitment to the field of digital arts, according to a Thoma Foundation news release.

The $15,000 award for an emerging writer on digital arts went to Joanne McNeil, based in New York, who has contributed to a number of magazines and books. According to the selection committee, her writing was particularly beautiful and expressive in the areas of surveillance and algorithmic culture.

These two winners were selected from 21 nominations that were solicited from 15 curators, writers and educators in the field from across the country.

The no-strings-attached awards are meant to draw attention to the importance of scholarship, criticism and theory in the expanding field and influence of digital arts, according to the foundation.