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:
• Diverse in demographics and perspectives
Michele Tortorelli, President
Ronald Bechet, Vice-President
Sandy S. Lee, Treasurer
Jean Shin, Secretary
Alejandro Anreus, Ph.D.
Theodore S. Berger
Linda Usdin, Dr.PH.
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
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
Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA
Silvia Chamale, Housekeeper
Steffani Clemons, Artist Centered Program Manager
Frank Gleber, Hospitality Manager
Danielle Macias, Operations Manager
Sandy Thornburg, Weekend Coordinator
Juli Van Brown, Office Administrator
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Jobs & Internships
- 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.