The Artist Programs demonstrate the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s commitment to understanding the needs of visual artists throughout their lives, through awarding individual artist grants, administering aid programs, and funding arts organizations.
Since 1994, artists have been selected through an intensive nomination and review process for the Foundation's Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. Nominators are asked to recommend candidates who they feel deserve more recognition and would benefit from the financial support. The Foundation currently awards twenty-five grants in the amount of 25,000 each, based on the quality of the applicants’ work. Recognizing the needs of emerging artists graduating from MFA programs across the country, the MFA Grant was later established with the first round of artists funded in 1997. Since 2002, MFA Grant recipients have been included in an annual group exhibition at the CUE Art Foundation and an accompanying catalogue.
In response to artists impacted by the tragedy of 9/11 in 2001, the Foundation expanded to provide emergency grants to individual artists in communities affected by man-made and natural disasters. In 2008, the Foundation administered a Career Opportunity Grant for New Orleans based projects, providing Gulf Coast area artists with assistance for specific career opportunities. Since 2007, the Foundation’s Creating A Lasting Legacy (CALL) Program has sought to educate and support artists in the creation of a comprehensive archiving system to document their artwork and careers.
While primarily focused on the support of individual artists, the Foundation began in 1995 to fund arts organizations that work directly with artists in their communities. Grants to organizations are in the following areas: professional development programs, residency programs, publications, exhibitions, and organizational operating expenses. The Foundation’s focus in organizational granting is the promotion of diversity and expanding opportunities to under-recognized artists. Organizational support has focused to a large extent on the New Orleans arts community post-Katrina. The Foundation is currently expanding its commitment to the city through the formation of the Joan Mitchell Center on Bayou Road, a residency program and arts center. Programs are slated to begin in 2012.
Through a nomination process, the Foundation annually awards twenty-five artists in the amount of $25,000 each. These grants are given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality. Read more.
The MFA Grant Program has supported painters and sculptors who are receiving their MFA degrees. The Foundation has awarded $15,000 to each of the fifteen recipients to aid in the transition from academic to professional studio work upon graduation. Read more.
In staying true to its mission to support visual artists and their communities, the Joan Mitchell Foundation purchased, in July 2010, a property in New Orleans for the creation of an arts center and residency program. Read more.
Creating a Lasting Legacy (CALL) is a program of the Joan Mitchell Foundation that provides support to visual artists in archiving and creating a comprehensive documentation of their careers. Read more.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides funding to arts organizations that support the individual artist. Read more.
- How do I apply for an individual artist grant?
Joan Mitchell Foundation grants for individual artists are only awarded through nomination. We do not have an open application process.
- Is it possible to receive information on the Foundation’s nominators for the Painters and Sculptors Program?
The Foundation’s nominators are kept confidential.
- Can I nominate an artist for your Painters and Sculptors grant program?
The Foundation cannot accept unsolicited nominations. Our Board invites nominators from across the country each year to participate in our Painters and Sculptors Grant Program.
- How can I apply for an Emergency Grant?
The Foundation can fund painters and sculptors who have suffered losses due to a natural or man-made disaster that has affected a community. Please see the Emergency Grant section on our website for more information. You are also welcome to contact the Foundation with any questions.
- What is your process for funding of organizations?
Our organizational funding is currently by invitation.