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 & 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. MFA Grant recipients were also included in annual group exhibitions at the CUE Art Foundation with an accompanying catalogue. This program was suspended in 2012, as the Foundation seeks to engage an even broader, more heterogeneous group of artists, beyond the system of higher education. The Emerging Artist Grant Program is a new initiative designed to assist emerging visual artists across the United States. This pilot program will award a diverse group of ten artists with an unrestricted grant of $12,000 per artist in addition to professional support throughout the year.
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 Living 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 have provided support in areas such as professional development, publications, and exhibitions. 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 has expanded its commitment to the city through the formation of the Joan Mitchell Center on Bayou Road, an artist residency program.
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. Learn more.
The MFA Grant Program was administered from 1997 - 2012 and is not active at this time. This program supported painters and sculptors receiving their MFA degrees. The Foundation awarded fifteen artists $15,000 annually to aid in the transition from academic to professional studio work upon graduation. Learn more.
We are excited to announce the Emerging Artist Grant Program, a new initiative designed to assist emerging visual artists across the United States. This pilot program will award a diverse group of ten artists with an unrestricted grant of $12,000 per artist in addition to professional support throughout the year. Learn more.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to visual artists after natural or manmade disasters that have affected their community. Learn more.
Creating a Living Legacy Program
Creating a Living 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. Learn more.
Organizational Grant Program
The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides funding to arts organizations that support the individual artist. Learn more.
The Artist Support department produces freely available resources to assist artists at all levels in their careers. Selected resources are available for download here.
- How do I apply for an individual artist grant?
Joan Mitchell Foundation grants for individual artists are only awarded through nomination, including the Painters & Sculptors Grant and the Emerging Artist Grant. We do not have an open application process. For further information on why we use a nomination process, please read our expanded thoughts here.
- How do I apply for an CALL grant?
Participation in the CALL Program is only awarded through nomination. We do not have an open application process. For our publicly available resources on archiving your work, please visit CALLResources.org.
- Is it possible to receive information on the Foundation’s nominators for the Painters & Sculptors Program or the Emerging Artist Program?
The Foundation’s nominators are kept confidential.
- Can I nominate an artist for your Painters & Sculptors Grant Program or Emerging Artist Grant Program?
The Foundation cannot accept unsolicited nominations. The Foundation invites nominators from across the country each year to participate anonymously in our grant program nominations.
- 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.