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Joan Mitchell Foundation Awards $625,000 in Grants to Artists

The Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced that twenty-five artists have received unrestricted Painters & Sculptors grants of $25,000 each. The grand total of funds awarded for the 2017 cycle is $625,000. The recipients represent a wide range of artistic practices and demographics. They range in age from twenty-seven to sixty-two and come from twelve states throughout the United States. Eighty percent of the grantees identify as nonwhite.

“In a time when artists’ voices are so crucial for the health of our society, but unrestricted grant funding is so scarce, the Foundation’s Painters & Sculptors Grants provide essential resources to a wide spectrum of today’s working artists,” said Christa Blatchford, the chief executive officer of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. “Our vision, rooted in Joan Mitchell’s generous embrace of other artists, is to provide the necessary supports for artists to continue to innovate in their practices and create ambitious new work that inspires, engages, and fosters dialogue, as an important element of community-building. We look forward to continuing our relationships with the exceptional artists who are receiving grants this year.”

This year’s grant recipients are:

Leonardo Benzant, Richmond Hill, NY
Ruth Buentello, San Antonio
Colin Chase, Ulster County, NY
Pamela Council, Bronx, NY
Solomon Enos, Honolulu, HI
Jes Fan, Brooklyn, NY
Ana Fernandez, San Antonio
jonathan paul gillette, New York
Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Boston
Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Anchorage
Riva Lehrer, Chicago
Joel Longnecker, Red Hook, NY
Michi Meko, Atlanta
Drew Michael, Anchorage
Arcmanoro Niles, Brooklyn, NY
Pat Phillips, Pineville, LA
Lucy Puls, Berkeley, CA
Analia Segal, Brooklyn, NY
Rodrigo Valenzuela, Culver City, CA
Derrick Velasquez, Denver
Michael Wang, New York
Dwayne Wilcox, Rapid City, SD
Amanda Williams, Chicago
Antoine Williams, Greensboro, NC
Jenifer K. Wofford, San Francisco