The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in 1993 to fulfill the ambitions of Joan Mitchell to aid and assist contemporary artists and to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities. To further this mandate, the Foundation supports visual artists through a range of programs.

The Joan Mitchell Center supports artists first and foremost through its Artist-in-Residence Program. This residency program will offer space and time for artists to create work in a contemplative environment, focusing on the transformative possibilities of a residency experience. In an expansive space, artists can explore new mediums and ideas over a period of one to three months. While staying in the Center’s lodging in the historic Faubourg Tremé neighborhood, artists are ideally situated to access the myriad and unique stimuli of a historically dense city.

In the 2015-2016 cycle, the Center will host 76 artists-in-residence during spring, summer, and fall sessions. Most past Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipients are eligible to apply, including Painters & Sculptors Grant Recipients, MFA Grant Recipients, CALL Artists, New Orleans-based Career Opportunity Grant Recipients, and Emergency Grant Program Recipients, as well as Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist-Teachers. (Unfortunately, Career Opportunity Grant group project recipients are not eligible to apply at this time.) In 2013, the Center ran a pilot of the Artist-in-Residence Program: to learn more about the artists that participated, click here.

In addition to this core residency, our 2015-2016 phase of programming offers two additional elements to provide options for project-based studio practices, and a commitment to engage emerging local artists. The Artist-in-Residence Program provides these areas of focus to address the needs of specific career points and practices.

The Community Engaged Artist-in-Residence program assists artists in developing relationships with a variety of communities and fosters direct, reciprocal relationships between resident artists and local community members and organizations. Based on a specific project proposal, artists will have a dedicated studio while staying at the Center for a period of one or three months. All past Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipients and Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist-Teachers are eligible to apply.

The 2015-2016 phase of the Emerging Artist-in-Residence program will provide New Orleans-based artists dedicated studios for five months in concert with robust professional development support, through one-on-one studio visits with local and national curators, critics and arts professionals. Intended as a transformative opportunity for New Orleans artists without adequate studio space, this residency fosters long-lasting relationships and advocacy for emerging artists. Members of local community organizations nominate artists for this residency. This program was piloted as the New Orleans Local Artist (NOLA) Studio Program: to learn more about the artists that participated, click here.