December 1, 2011—CalArts Graphic Design Program Visiting faculty member Mark Owens was among the awardees of The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant . In its 2011 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant Program has distributed awards ranging from $8,000 to $50,000 in four categories—articles, blogs, books and short-form writing. Mark was recognized for his book Graphics Incognito: Design, Material Culture, and Post-punk Aesthetics. Read more about Owens here .
Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the Arts Writers Grant Program  aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.
The Huffington Post reviewed  School of Critical Studies faculty member Douglas Kearny’s book The Black Automaton—noting
“if you can't fall in love pretty quick with a book equally committed to VisiPo, race relations, and Voltron, you shouldn't be reading contemporary poetry.…” And concluding, “if you care about both the justness of language and the language of justice, this is your book. Read it. Many times.”
Kearney was also named one of THE Local Creative People in THE Magazine .