Joan Mitchell Foundation

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The Joan Mitchell Foundation increases recognition of the work and life of pioneering abstract painter Joan Mitchell. Grounded in Mitchell’s desire to support the aspirations of visual artists, the Foundation engages individual artists through grantmaking, programming, and collaborations. We work to amplify the essential contributions artists make to the culturally diverse world in which we live.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is both a model for how resources can be offered to artists, and an advocate for the value of artists. The impact the Foundation seeks to have is to help to create a world in which the following conditions exist:
  • Artists are valued and thriving
  • The visual artists who are recognized in contemporary culture reflect and represent the diverse world in which we live
  • A comprehensible and comprehensive set of systems provide resources for artists’ lives and careers

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is:
  • Artist-centered
  • Diverse in demographics and perspectives
  • Responsive
  • Comprehensive
  • Sustainable

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Board of Directors

Alejandro Anreus, Ph.D., President
Tomie Arai, Vice-President
Theodore S. Berger, Treasurer
Michele Tortorelli, Secretary
Ronald Bechet
Tyrone Mitchell
Yolanda Shashaty
Linda Usdin, Dr.PH.


Dan Bergman, Director Emeritus
John Koos, Director Emeritus
Carolyn Somers, Founding Member & Executive Director Emeritus



Christa Blatchford, Chief Executive Officer
Derrick Biney-Amissah, Senior Director of Facilities
Travis Laughlin, Senior Director of Programs
Aimee Solomon, Senior Director of Finance
Melissa Dean, Design & Media Manager
Eve Perry, Database & Digital Asset Manager
Janice Teran, Office Assistant, Education & Research Center

Artist Support Department

Shervone Neckles-Ortiz, Artist Support Manager
Andres Laracuente, Program Assistant for Emerging Artist Grant and Painters & Sculptors Grant Programs
Julia Rooney
Program Assistant for the New Orleans Grant Intiative

Artwork/Legacy Department

Arielle Dorlester, Archives Assistant
Laura Morris, Archivist
Kira Osti, Collection Manager

Art Education Program

José Ortiz, Student Opportunities & Support Manager   

For a listing of our past Artist-Teachers, please visit About our Artist-Teachers.

Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné

Suzi Villiger, Project Manager
Sara Green, Researcher
Alexandra Tagami, Researcher

Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA

Gia Hamilton, Joan Mitchell Center Director
Silvia Chamale, Housekeeper
Frank Gleber, Hospitality Manager
Ted Martin, Property Manager
Genevieve Peterson, Office Administrator
Sharbreon Plummer, Program Associate for Community Engagement 
Sandy Thornburg, Weekend Coordinator

From the Foundation

Here we share expanded thoughts on our programs, process, and the larger field. Read more.

Jobs & Internships

Learn more about any job openings or to apply for an internship.  


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. 

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