"In 2005, I arrived in New York as a result of the flooding of New Orleans that followed Hurricane Katrina. I heard about the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant from a fellow New Orleans artist who I was working with on a mural project, and I applied for and received a grant from the Foundation. That support provided a way for me to continue developing my work before I returned home to New Orleans to help with recovery." Read more.
"Joan Mitchell certainly captured light in her art, and her thoughtful legacy created the capacity for another type of illumination to be placed on the works of future generations of artists." Read more.
"As one of the first artists to be awarded a Painters & Sculptors Grant in 1994, this year’s 25th anniversary also marks my 25-year connection with the Joan Mitchell Foundation—a connection that deepened into a working relationship when I joined the Foundation’s board of directors in 2010." Read more.
"I’ve always considered Joan Mitchell to be my fairy godmother. When I received the MFA Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation in 1998, Mitchell’s gift allowed me to relocate to New York City, maintain a hold on my art-making practice, and keep my health insurance—which was key while I attempted to find a job." Read more.
This December, the Foundation will release a book and open a companion exhibition, both titled "Widening Circles: Portraits from the Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Community at 25 Years," to celebrate the work and achievements of its artist community and to examine the impact of its initiatives over the past 25 years. Read more.