"For years, I half-joked that I would be offered a show at MoMA before I showed in Portland. Regional discrimination is less prevalent now, but is still challenging for artists living far from a cultural center. Joan Mitchell Foundation is helping level the field. The grant raised my profile in the region." Read more.
"What happened to me and my studio during Sandy seems now, with the perspective of time, to have had a purpose. Applying for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant was a great opportunity for me to get my life as an artist together." Read more.
"I can still remember receiving the call from Allison Hawkins that I had been awarded a 2010 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. I’ll never forget that moment because it reinforced the adage that artists hear time and time again: Never give up. The award had come after my third or fourth nomination." Read more.
"When I was growing up, as the daughter of a low-income single mother, the Brooklyn Public Library was everything for me. One day when I was in 6th grade, I saw a flyer at the library that said the Joan Mitchell Foundation was offering free art classes on Saturdays at The Door. I was so excited because the only thing I loved to do more than reading was making art." Read more.
"The Foundation connected me to an incredible intergenerational community of artists, both through teaching and through the Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program, through which I was trained as a Legacy Specialist. The collective energy and ideas that came out of the Art Education team have informed my values as an artist and as an educator." Read more.
"When I reflect on what has helped me sustain my art practice, the MFA Grant I received from the Joan Mitchell Foundation back in 2009 is one of the pivotal things. I remain very thankful for it. Money like that clearly allows for choice and possibilities, but there was also something more complicated about the support the award gave...it validated what I was doing." Read more.
"For me, receiving the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant meant that the many hours and minutes of anxiety, anguish, and sacrifice were rewarded in a big way, and that I was being honored with an award in the name of someone I truly admired." Read more.
"I was honored to work as an Artist-Teacher for the Joan Mitchell Foundation for close to a decade. The Foundation’s Arts Education program was stellar in its scope and philosophy. It brought together a group of strong and tirelessly creative individuals who shared a common goal: bringing art to Out-of-School-Time programs throughout the city that instilled our students with a sense of artistic curiosity and nourished critical-thinking skills." Read more.
"In 2006, I received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, which had a large impact on the development of my work at that time. The financial freedom it provided allowed me to spend the time and resources to expand the scale and scope of my work to room-sized installations." Read more.
"For me, Joan Mitchell’s request to create a foundation in her name that would be both a steward of her legacy and support the advancement of other visual artists punctuates how one lives beyond the physical realm." Read more.