The Joan Mitchell Foundation celebrates the legacy of Joan Mitchell and expands her vision to support the aspirations and development of diverse contemporary artists. We work to broaden the recognition of artists and their essential contributions to communities and society.
Core values inform all of the Foundation’s actions. Through its work, the Foundation demonstrates that it is:
• Intentionally diverse
• Invested in collaboration
• Nimble and responsive
• Respectful of multiple perspectives
• Working to create fairer, more just communities
Board of Directors
Alejandro Anreus, Ph.D., President
Tomie Arai, Vice-President
Theodore S. Berger, Treasurer
Michele Tortorelli, Secretary
John Koos, Director Emeritus
Carolyn Somers, Founding Member & Executive Director Emeritus
Christa Blatchford, Chief Executive Officer
Annette Binet, Controller
Derrick Biney-Amissah, Facilities Manager
Melissa Dean, Design & Media Manager
Eve Perry, Database & Digital Asset Manager
Toyia Phillips, Human Resources and Administration Manager
Janice Teran, Office Assistant, Education & Research Center
Artist Support Department
Art Education Program
For a listing of our Artist-Teachers, please visit About our Artist-Teachers.
Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA
Gia Hamilton, Joan Mitchell Center Director
Silvia Chamale, Housekeeper
Tara Foster, Program Associate for Artist Support
Frank Gleber, Hospitality Manager
Ted Martin, Property Manager
Sharbreon Plummer, Program Associate for Community Engagement
Sandy Thornburg, Weekend Coordinator
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- When was the Foundation formed and how did Joan Mitchell set this up?
The Joan Mitchell Foundation was founded in 1993, the year after the death of the artist Joan Mitchell.
- What is an Artist-Endowed Foundation?
An Artist-Endowed Foundation is funded through the artwork and assets of either a living artist or an artist’s estate.
- Where does the Foundation’s money come from?
The Foundation oversees and maintains a collection of Joan Mitchell’s work. The sale of these paintings directly support the Foundation’s endowment, programs and grant making activities.
- Does the Foundation have to fundraise?
No, the Foundation is not allowed to solicit outside funding.
- Is there an exhibition space at the Foundation’s office?
No, the Foundation’s offices are not open to the public and do not have an exhibition space.