Artist Programs Artist Grants

Artwork by participants of the 2019 Early Art Practitioners Council & Residency

From 2017 to 2019, the Joan Mitchell Foundation ran pilot programs to better understand and address the needs of visual artists early in their careers. These programs focused on practitioners under the age of 26 who are active in their studio practice and seeking a network of peers, critical engagement, and guidance in navigating the field. Artists were identified for these programs and invited to apply through a nomination process.

The Early Art Practitioners Council was designed as a peer-learning experience for New York area artists, centered on professional and creative development. In addition to the professional development offerings and convenings, the participating artists had access to a shared studio in the Foundation's NYC home office and a materials stipend. The program culminated in a group exhibition.

The Early Art Practitioners Residency was designed as a studio intensive at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. The program offered artists from New York and New Orleans a month-long immersive residency opportunity early in their careers. Because the program took place concurrently with the Center’s Summer Artists-in-Residence (AIR) season, it created unique opportunities for community building and dialogue with artists from New Orleans and across the US who are working in diverse mediums and across career stages. 

Both programs grew out of the Foundation's commitment to understanding and addressing the needs of artists at different career stages, especially those for whom issues of access and inconsistent resources create barriers to achieving their goals. The Early Art Practitioners initiatives were informed by collaborative learning with an Alumni Council of young artists who previously participated in studio art classes offered by the Foundation from 1997 to 2016.

2019 Early Art Practitioner Artists-in-Residence
Gabrielle Garcia-Steib
Dillon Gardener
Hakeem Olayinka
Em Minyard Oppman

2019 Early Art Practitioners Council
Albany Andaluz
Nicole Adames
Jah’china De Leon
Lily Fei
Alannah Sears
Mahnoor Sheikh
Duneska Suannette
Gabrielle Vazquez
Audreamia Wardlow

2018 Early Art Practitioner Artists-in-Residence
Emery Gluck
Henry Lipkis
Alannah Sears
Sada Spence

2018 Alumni Council Members
Luis Cuesta
Darren Dempster
Nicky Draven
Joseph Gonzalez
Amari “Mars” Jones
Megan Pasko
Auden Price-Dillon
Noelani Renderos
Kevin Rijo
Angelica Santiago
Alannah Sears
Sada Spence
Lobsang Tsewang
Nicolas Umpierrez
Jennifer Villa 

2017 Early Art Practitioner Artists-in-Residence
Crystal Henry
Devin Reynolds
Alex Taylor
Audreamia Wardlow

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.