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Marcos Dimas, Composition in Coabey, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 96 in.

CALL/VoCA Talk with Marcos Dimas

Marcos Dimas, in conversation with Jonathan Allen
Saturday, December 9, 2pm 
Julia De Burgos Performance & Art Center
1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029


As part of Joan Mitchell Foundation's ongoing collaboration with Voices of Contemporary Art (VoCA), please join us on Saturday, December 9, when artist Marcos Dimas sits down with fellow artist and VoCA Program Committee member Jonathan Allen to discuss his life, work, and artistic legacy.

Dimas combines pre-Columbian Taíno symbols with contemporary modes of abstraction and figuration. Combining his art practice with his advocacy work, Marcos co-founded Taller Boricua, The Puerto Rican Workshop, Inc., in 1970. Marcos is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) award. His work has been exhibited at Museo del Barrio, the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Arts, Exit Art, and the Bronx Museum, among other venues.


"Since working with the CALL program, I am able to see my productivity in perspective. Now I can separate the different phases and styles of my work into decades and revisit themes and subjects with clarity whenever I wish to do so."
- Marcos Dimas

Announcing the 2017 Painters & Sculptors Grant Recipients

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of our annual Painters & Sculptors Grants. This diverse group of 25 artists will each receive an unrestricted grant of $25,000, along with professional development and residency opportunities. The recipients are:

Leonardo Benzant
Richmond Hill, NY
Drew Michael
Anchorage, AK
Ruth Buentello
San Antonio, TX
Arcmanoro Niles
Brooklyn, NY
Colin Chase
Ulster County, NY
Pat Phillips
Pineville, LA
Pamela Council
Bronx, NY
Lucy Puls
Berkeley, CA
Solomon Enos
Honolulu, HI
Analia Segal
Brooklyn, NY
Jes Fan
Brooklyn, NY
Rodrigo Valenzuela
Culver City, CA
Ana Fernandez
San Antonio, TX
Derrick Velasquez
Denver, CO
jonathan paul gillette
New York, NY
Michael Wang
New York, NY
Salvador Jiménez-Flores
Boston, MA
Dwayne Wilcox
Rapid City, SD
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
Anchorage, AK
Amanda Williams
Chicago, IL
Riva Lehrer
 Chicago, IL
Antoine Williams
Greensboro, NC
Joel Longenecker
Red Hook, NY
Jenifer K Wofford
San Francisco, CA
Michi Meko
Atlanta, GA

The Painters & Sculptors Grants were established in 1993 in direct response to artist Joan Mitchell's instructions that a portion of her estate be used to "aid and assist individual painters and sculptors." This year's group of recipients represent a wide range of artistic practices and demographics. The artists range in age from 27 to 62, hail from 12 states in all regions of the U.S., including two artists from Alaska and one from Hawaii, and eighty percent identify as nonwhite. Employing a broad array of materials and processes, their work explores some of the most pressing issues of our time, including the immigrant experience, transgender rights, the housing crisis, racial and economic inequality, global warming, and Confederate monuments. The recipients join more than 500 contemporary artists who have received Painters & Sculptors Grants over the last 24 years, including many luminaries supported early in their careers. 

"In a time when artists' voices are so crucial for the health of our society, but unrestricted grant funding is so scarce, the Foundation's Painters & Sculptors Grants provide essential resources to a wide spectrum of today's working artists," said Christa Blatchford, Chief Executive Officer of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. "Our vision, rooted in Joan Mitchell's generous embrace of other artists, is to provide the necessary supports for artists to continue to innovate in their practices and create ambitious new work that inspires, engages, and fosters dialogue, as an important element of community-building. We look forward to continuing our relationships with the exceptional artists who are receiving grants this year."

2017 Painters & Sculptors Grant recipeints' artwork: see more of their work here

Selection Process
The Painters & Sculptors Grant recipients are selected through a nomination and jury process. Nominators from across the country are asked to recommend artists—at any stage in their career—who they believe deserve greater recognition for their creative achievements, and whose practices would significantly benefit from the grant. In an anonymous, multi-phase process, a jury panel then selects the 25 awardees. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and art educators who are dedicated to supporting artists, and the list of participating nominators and jurors varies from year to year. As with the grantees, participation as a nominator, juror, or grant recipient is also open to artists or colleagues who have not pursued a traditional BFA and/or MFA education as part of their career path.
"Ensuring access and equity is an important part of our process and our desired outcomes," said Travis Laughlin, Senior Director of Programs at the Joan Mitchell Foundation. "Over the last three years, we have continued to broaden our approach, bringing in nominators and jurors with geographic, ethnic, and experiential diversity, in order to ensure that the artists nominated for the Painters & Sculptors grant are reflective of varying backgrounds and approaches to their work. We can see the success of this process in the current group of recipients."
The Foundation's Painters & Sculptors Grants are unrestricted in order to offer artists the most flexible form of support. As part of their applications, grantee artists note how they plan to use these funds, with needs typically falling into four categories: acquiring the materials or equipment necessary for their art-making; securing better or larger spaces to work or live; for research, travel, and experimentation with their practice, in order to develop more ambitious work; and to find new ways to engage with their communities. 

In addition to the $25,000 award, the Foundation connects its grant recipients to a national network of arts professionals through free professional development consultations, which may come in the form of career and financial management advice or answers to legal questions. Grantees also become eligible to apply for residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, which opened in 2010 to provide both national and local artists with additional space and support to develop their practices.

Download the full press release ➔
Read more about the artists on our website ➔

Tara Sabharwal, Cascade, 2015, ink, watercolor and chine-colle on paper, 30 x 44 in.

CALL/VoCA Talk with Tara Sabharwal

Tara Sabharwal, in conversation with Robin Clark
Thursday, November 9, 6pm 
Fales Library, Bobst Library, NYU
70 Washington Square South, 3rd Fl, New York, NY 10012


As part of Joan Mitchell Foundation's ongoing collaboration with Voices of Contemporary Art (VoCA),  please join us on Thursday, November 9, when contemporary painter Tara Sabharwal sits down with Robin Clark to discuss her life, work, and legacy as an international artist. 

Born in India, Tara studied painting at MS University, Baroda, and completed her Masters from the Royal College of Art in London. Her work is in the collection of the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and DLI Museum (UK): the Peabody Essex Museum, New York Public Library and the Library of Congress (USA). She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) award.


"Archiving my studio has meant looking critically at work from many different phases of my life, what I have already done and what I am leading up to, asking what worked and what did not. Having absorbed this, I am ready to experiment and surprise myself, to find new paths and depart from earlier trajectories."   — Tara Sabharwal


Mark your calendar for final Fall CALL/VoCA Talk of the season: 

Marcos Dimas with Jonathan Allen
2 pm, Saturday, December 9, 2017
Julia De Burgos Performance and Arts Center Theater (to be confirmed)

“Mitchell / Riopelle” at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Heidi Meister, photographer, Joan Mitchell and Jean Paul Riopelle in the living room of the studio-apartment on Rue Frémicourt, Paris, 1963. © Heidi Meister. Work shown: centre, Jean Paul Riopelle, Pleine Saison, 1954, oil on canvas, 129 × 160 cm. Private collection; top left, Jean Paul Riopelle, Roche d'or, 1961, bronze, 32 × 26 × 24 cm. Private collection; below, an unidentified sculpture © Estate of Jean Paul Riopelle / SODRAC (2017).​

Mitchell / Riopelle: Nothing in Moderation
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
October 12, 2017 - January 7, 2018
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The summer of 1955 witnessed the memorable encounter between two key figures of abstract painting in the second half of the 20th century: Joan Mitchell (Chicago, 1925 - Paris, 1992) and Jean Paul Riopelle(Montréal, 1923 - L'Isle-aux-Grues, 2002). Joan Mitchell was a rising star in the abstract expressionist movement in New York. Jean Paul Riopelle had achieved fame both in Europe and North America as a major practitioner of abstract art. An initially intense and increasingly tumultuous romantic relationship ensued for nearly 25 years (1955-1979). 

Organized in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), supported by the Estate of Jean Paul Riopelle in Montréal and the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York, Mitchell / Riopelle brings together for the first time nearly 60 works from French, Canadian, and American private and museum collections. The exhibition explores how each of the two artists, who shared their lives for nearly 25 years, in Paris, then in Vétheuil in the Seine valley, developed their own distinctive body of work while sustaining a shared dialogue on abstraction.

Installation view of Mitchell / Riopelle at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

Download the press release from Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec: 

Press Release, English (PDF)

Press Release, Français (PDF)

Mario Martinez, Brooklyn, 2004, Acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 87 x 148 in.

CALL/VoCA Talk with Mario Martinez

Mario Martinez, in conversation with Steven O'Banion
Thurs., October 12, 6pm 
National Museum of the American Indian, NY
1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004


As part of Joan Mitchell Foundation's ongoing collaboration with Voices of Contemporary Art (VoCA), please join us on Thursday, October 12, when abstract painter and Yaqui Indian Mario Martinez will sit down with Steven O'Banion, Director of Conservation at Glenstone, to discuss his life, work, and personal philosophy. 

Mario Martinez's work was featured in 2005 in a one-person retrospective at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York, and in 2017, he was recognized with the NYFA Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) award.

"For me, the most rewarding aspect of the CALL program is seeing oneself as an important artist/creator that matters in one's time or history... Now that's empowerment!"   — Mario Martinez


Mark your calendar for the rest of the Fall CALL/VoCA Talks: 

Tara Sabharwal with Robin Clark
6 pm, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Fales Library, NYU

Marcos Dimas with Jonathan Allen
2 pm, Saturday, December 9, 2017
Julia De Burgos Performance and Arts Center Theater (to be confirmed)

Gwen Fabricant, Vision Field, 1997, oil on linen, 30 x 20 in.

CALL/VoCA Talk with Gwen Fabricant

Gwen Fabricant, in conversation with Jennifer Hickey
Thursday, September 14, 6pm 
Fales Library, Bobst Library, NYU
70 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor, New York NY 10012


As part of Joan Mitchell Foundation's ongoing collaboration with Voices of Contemporary Art (VoCA), please join us on Thursday, September 14, when artist Gwen Fabricant will sit down with VoCA Program Committee Member Jennifer Hickey to discuss her life, work, and artistic legacy. 

Gwen has been supported by the Foundation in a number of ways, as a grant recipient, an Artist-in-Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center, and as a Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Artist. The CALL/VoCA programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. 

"CALL enabled me to cross the divide into the digital age. This opened new ways for me to communicate with people and institutions. In order to create this archive, we had to bring all the past work out into the open... and that, surprisingly, changed the way I see the whole course of my work."    — Gwen Fabricant  


Mark your calendar for the rest of the Fall CALL/VoCA Talks: 

Mario Martinez with Steven O'Banion
6 pm, Thursday, October 12, 2017
National Museum of the American Indian, NY

Tara Sabharwal with Robin Clark
6 pm, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Fales Library, NYU

Marcos Dimas with Jonathan Allen
2 pm, Saturday, December 9, 2017
Julia De Burgos Performance and Arts Center Theater (to be confirmed)

CALL Artists Gwen Fabricant, Mario Martinez, Tara Sabharwal, and Marcos Dimas

Announcing the Fall 2017 CALL/VoCA Talks

We are pleased to announce the third season of our ongoing CALL/VoCATalks, hosted in partnership with Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA). These events aim to highlight the Joan Mitchell Foundation's innovative Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program, while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work.

All programs in this series are free and open to the public, but due to limited space we ask that you please RSVP in advance via the links provided. 

Gwen Fabricant with Jennifer Hickey
Thursday, September 14, 2017 
Fales Library, NYU
More info & RSVP ➔

Mario Martinez with Steven O'Banion
Thursday, October 12, 2017
National Museum of the American Indian, NY
More info & RSVP ➔

Tara Sabharwal with Robin Clark
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Fales Library, NYU
More info & RSVP ➔

Marcos Dimas with Jonathan Allen
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Julia De Burgos Performance and Arts Center Theater
More info & RSVP ➔

Featured artist images:
Gwen Fabricant, left: Gravity and Grace, 1980, oil on linen, 40 x 48 inches.
Mario Martinez, Brooklyn, 2004, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 7 x 11 ft. Collection of The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.
Tara Sabharwal, Cascade, 2015, ink, watercolor, and chine-colle on paper, 30 x 44 in.
Marcos Dimas, Composition in Coabey, 2000-2010, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 96 in.

Can't attend in person? 
You can watch past CALL/VoCA Talks here, and browse free resources and workbooks from our Creating a Living Legacy Program here. And be sure to follow us on Twitter for live updates during each talk.

About Joan Mitchell Foundation
The Joan Mitchell Foundation increases recognition of the work and life of pioneering abstract painter Joan Mitchell. Grounded in Mitchell's desire to support the aspirations of visual artists, the Foundation engages individual artists through grantmaking, programming, and collaborations. We work to amplify the essential contributions artists make to the culturally diverse world in which we live. To learn more, visit our website.

About VoCA
Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) is a non-profit organization run out of NYC that generates critical dialogue and collaborative programming around the stewardship and preservation of contemporary art. VoCA's network consists of artists, conservators, curators, collectors, registrars, arts administrators, and educators, and aims to develop knowledge via three major program streams: VoCA Talks, VoCA Journal, and VoCA Workshops. To learn more, please visit their website. 


Watch: CALL/VoCA Talks

We are pleased to announce that the full-length videos from the second season of CALL/VoCA Talks, hosted in collaboration with VoCA, are now available online. This second year of collaboration with VoCA included talks with four CALL Artists: Blane De St. Croix, Henrietta Mantooth, Otto Neals, and Emmett Wigglesworth. As VoCA writes: "In these conversations, Blane discusses his sculptural practice as a way to reflect on climate change; Henrietta shines a light on equally important social concerns of mass incarceration via her 'New Jim Crow' project; Otto invites viewers to reflect on the artist’s role as an instrument for forces beyond us; and Emmett implores us to access our creativity to help a world in turmoil. At each turn, these dialogues serve as a welcome reminder of why art matters and inspire us to imagine how it can be a catalyst for change."

The videos, along with artwork and interviews with the artists, are available on our artist profile pages below: 

➔ Blane De St. Croix

➔ Henrietta Mantooth

➔ Otto Neals

➔ Emmett Wigglesworth

Thank you to the artists and VoCA for continuing and deepening the conversation on artists' legacies. See more Talks on VoCA's site:

Announcing the Joan Mitchell Center 2017 Artists-in-Residence

NEW ORLEANS - The Joan Mitchell Center on Bayou Road is pleased to announce the artists selected for the 2017 Artist-in-Residence Program. 


Lauren Was & Adam Eckstrom

Vanessa Centeno

Horton Humble

Anne Nelson

Adriana Corral & Vincent Valdez

Amanda Valdez

Carlos Rolón/Dzine

Clifton J. Faust

Denise Burge

Elena del Rivero

Beth Krebs

Jacqueline Noel Tileston

James Adam Bateman

James G. Denomie

Janelle Iglesias

Jonathan David Lozano

Lilian Garcia-Roig

Monica Ann Zeringue

Rashawn Griffin

Rema Ghuloum

Sean Riley

Tom Holmes

Tyanna Buie


Alexandra Unthank

Alison Owen

Amy Sherald

Antonia A. Perez

Caleb Taylor

Cecile Chong

Heather Holden

Scherezade Garcia-Vazquez


Vanessa Diaz Wolter

Jessica Vogel Brown

Lee Deigaard

Lorna Williams

Gregory W. Coates

Lina Puerta

Maren Hassinger

Paul Nathaniel Rucker

Paula Wilson

Roberto Jamora

Stacy Lynn Waddell

Terrence Campagna

The Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence program offers 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 five 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.

The programmatic theme of the 2017-2018 cycle’s is “Legacy.” This theme will inform the public programming at the Center, and will be the lens through which our staff approach their work and outreach. From Joan Mitchell Center’s director Gia M. Hamilton: "In the new millennium, as we approach the tricentennial of the City of New Orleans, we are reminded to think about time as a continuum. Time is cyclical and presents opportunity for reflection, change and the cultivation of a new vision while relying on the knowledge sharing practices and wisdom of the past. This year, the Center will engage in reflecting on our work in New Orleans historically, the challenges and successes as well as the ways that we can better support artists and embody our values with mindfulness, deep insight and the courage to push the agenda of equity forward. We will work to uplift and amplify the legacy of those artists, enthusiasts and administrators who laid the foundation for our current work and acknowledge the new emerging leaders of tomorrow."

In addition to the core AIR residency, the current phase of programming offers two additional optional residency tracks to address the needs of specific career points and practices. The 2017-2018 cycle of the Emerging Artist-in-Residence Program provides six New Orleans-based artists dedicated studios for five months in concert with robust professional development support, and cultivates long-lasting relationships and advocacy for emerging artists. Artists also had the opportunity to apply as a Community Engaged Artist-in-Residence, based on a specific project proposal, and assists artists in developing relationships with a variety of communities and fosters direct, reciprocal relationships between resident artists and local community members and organizations.

For the 2017-2018 cycle, all past Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipients and Artist-Teachers were eligible to apply for the core residency program and the Community Engaged Residency. Then, a secondary independent jury panel selected the 2017 artists through an anonymous review process. Nominators and jurors included visual artists, curators, and individuals from arts organizations and the academic community. To identify artist nominees for the Emerging Artist-in-Residence Program, the Center engaged nominators locally in New Orleans to recommend artists, who were then invited to apply.

To see the work of these artists, our past artists-in-residence, and learn more about the AIR program, please visit our website here.


The Joan Mitchell Center is a program of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, which celebrates the legacy of the artist Joan Mitchell and expands her vision to support the aspirations and development of diverse contemporary artists. The Foundation works to broaden the recognition of artists and their essential contributions to communities and society. In turn, the Joan Mitchell Center's mission is to support local, national, and international contemporary visual artists through residencies and professional development. The Center aspires to be a place for creation, innovation and transformation; supporting values of community, diversity and social equity; providing a forum for artists and a welcoming, inclusive gathering place for the arts and the broader community of New Orleans. Historically, the Foundation has been committed to supporting visual artists through grants, resources and opportunities. Starting in 1994 with its first Painters & Sculptors grants, the Foundation has continued to support artists through a range of programing, including the Emerging Artist Grant Pilot Program, the Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) program that supports mature artists in the areas of studio organization, archiving and inventory management, education initiatives for both young and adult artists, as well as grants to artists and arts communities in need of emergency support after a disaster.

For information about the Joan Mitchell Center or the Joan Mitchell Foundation, its programs, or to receive an event schedule, please visit us at

Emerging Artist Grant 2015 Catalog

We are pleased to share the publication of the 2015 Emerging Artist Grant Catalog. Featuring the ten artists awarded in 2015, the catalog includes essays by Jessica Lynne and Charlie Tatum. This publication is one of the professional development opportunities offered as a part of the Emerging Artist Grant Pilot Program, in addition to the unrestricted grant of $12,000 per artist. To learn more about the program and all its recipients, visit the Emerging Artist Grant Pilot Program page here

View or download a free PDF of the catalog here.

The book is also available for printing on demand here

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