The Foundation



The Joan Mitchell Foundation celebrates the life of abstract artist Joan Mitchell by expanding awareness of her pioneering work and fulfilling her wish to support and provide opportunities for visual artists. Through grants, residencies, and related initiatives, the Foundation advances the work of today’s artists and amplifies their essential contributions to communities around the world.

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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Christa Blatchford, Chief Executive Officer
Derrick Biney-Amissah, Senior Director of Facilities
Aimee Solomon, Senior Director of Finance & Administration
Kay Takeda, Senior Director of Artist Programs
Melissa Dean, Design & Media Manager
Jenny Gill, Communications Manager
Sameen Naqvi, Staff Accountant
Eve Perry, Collection Information & Digital Asset Manager
Janice Teran, Administrative Associate

Artwork/Legacy Department

Laura Morris, Director of Archives & Research
Jennifer Hickey, Research Conservator
Courtney Lynch, Assistant Archivist
Heather Roach, Collection Manager

Artist Support Department

Shervone Neckles-Ortiz, Artist Programs Manager, Professional Development
José Ortiz, Artist Programs Manager, Young Artist Initiatives
Lilia Sterling, Artist Programs Associate   

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

Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné

Suzi Villiger, Project Director
Marley B. Lewis, Researcher
Alexandra Tagami, Researcher

Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA

Silvia Chamale, Housekeeper
Steffani Clemons, Artist Centered Program Manager
Frank Gleber, Hospitality Manager
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.


The Joan Mitchell Foundation was founded in 1993, the year after the death of the artist Joan Mitchell. Mitchell's will specified that a foundation be established in her name to "aid and assist" visual artists.

An Artist-Endowed Foundation is funded through the artwork and assets of either a living artist or an artist’s estate.

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.

No, the Foundation is not allowed to solicit outside funding.

We occasionally mount special exhibitions at the Foundation’s offices in New York. For more information on exhibitions and public hours, see the Blog section of this site. Please note that we do not display Joan Mitchell's artwork in our office gallery.

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