We are pleased to announce the creation of a new program, the Joan Mitchell Fellowship, which will annually award 15 artists working in the evolving fields of painting and sculpture with $60,000 each in unrestricted funds. The award will be distributed over the course of five years, with artists receiving an initial payment of $20,000 and annual installments of $10,000 across the subsequent four years.
As part of the five-year fellowship, artists will have access to ongoing individual and group professional development offerings, including one-on-one consultations with arts professionals; convenings that facilitate network-building; and programs that focus on personal finance, legacy planning, and thought leadership, among other opportunities. Fellows will also be eligible to apply for a residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, further increasing the range of support available to them. The Fellowship will launch this year and the first group of Fellows is expected to be announced in October 2021, following a multi-phased nomination and jury selection process.
The Joan Mitchell Fellowship is a re-envisioning and expansion of the Foundation’s Painters & Sculptors Grants, which launched in 1994 and annually awarded 25 artists with unrestricted grants of $25,000. The decision to transform the program is an outgrowth of a strategic planning process undertaken in 2019 and 2020 that in part evaluated the best possible use of the Foundation’s resources—as informed by consideration of the national landscape of support for visual artists and the types of support that artists most need. By reconceiving the Painters & Sculptors Grants as a multi-year, multi-faceted fellowship, the Foundation is enhancing its commitment to artists and establishing a reliable stream of income for Fellows over a period of time that will allow them to invest in and plan their creative practices and careers.