Artist Programs Artist Grants

Elemore Morgan Jr., 2006 Painters & Sculptors Grant Recipient

The Foundation runs a set of artist-centered programs that fulfill Joan Mitchell’s ambition to “aid and assist” artists through grants, residencies, and related initiatives. We currently administer the following grant programs.

The annual Painters & Sculptors Grants, first awarded in 1993, provide unrestricted funds of $25,000 each to a diverse group of 25 artists. Selected through a tiered process of nomination and jurying, these grants seek to recognize artists who are making exceptional work, who are deserving of greater acknowledgment on a national level, and who will benefit from the recognition and funding that the award provides. Over the last 25 years, the Painters & Sculptors Grants have supported more than 500 artists in communities across the US, often at crucial times in their career. Past recipients include Howardena Pindell (1994), Glenn Ligon (1996), Pepón Osorio (1996), Mel Chin (1997), Ursula Von Rydingsvard (1997), Janine Antoni (1998), Xenobia Bailey (2000), Mark Bradford (2002), Julie Mehretu (2003), Dahlia Elsayed (2007), Firelei Báez (2010), and Amy Sherald (2013). By providing unrestricted funds, we give grant recipients the freedom to decide how best to further develop their work and careers.

Through our Emergency Grants, the Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support of up to $6,000 to US-based visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant physical losses after natural or man-made disasters that have affected their community. Artists whose creative practice has been negatively impacted due to catastrophic situations of this nature can apply to the Foundation for funding to assist with the repair of homes and studios, replacement of art-making materials, and subsidize rent for temporary studio space, as well as help cover basic living expenses such as food, child care, and travel.

Additional grant programs historically offered by the Foundation include MFA Grants (1997 to 2012), Emerging Artist Grants (2015 & 2016), and Organizational Grants (2005 to 2017).

The Foundation partners with consultants and external organizations to provide grant recipients with professional development services, such as financial planning assistance and career management advice—at no cost to the artists.