Artist Programs FAQ

Joan Mitchell Foundation grants for individual artists are only awarded through nomination, including the Painters & Sculptors Grant and the Emerging Artist Grant. We do not have an open application process. For further information on why we use a nomination process, please read our expanded thoughts here.

Participation in the CALL Program is only awarded through nomination. We do not have an open application process. For our publicly available resources on archiving your work, please visit

The Foundation’s nominators are kept confidential.

The Foundation cannot accept unsolicited nominations. The Foundation invites nominators from across the country each year to participate anonymously in our grant program nominations.

The Foundation can fund painters and sculptors who have suffered losses due to a natural or man-made disaster that has affected a community. Please see the Emergency Grant section on our website for more information. You are also welcome to contact the Foundation with any questions.

Our organizational funding is currently by invitation.

The Foundation’s mission is to work with living artists. Unfortunately we are not able to support the work of estates.

No, in focusing on the artist’s legacy we are looking simply at how to best document an artist’s work and career. We would recommend that you look at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation’s website for a good resource on estate planning for artists. In addition, we recommend that you contact your local art service organization to find out if there are any legal services provided to artists in your community.

For any living artist, having your work organized is critical for conducting the business of your art.  However, it is particularly important for those who handle your estate and advocate for your work. This organization will allow for more opportunities while you are alive and after you are gone.

The Foundation has developed a website through the Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) program that offers information and resources to the public. provides a forum of shared information for established and emerging artists about cataloging, storing, and any archival related topics regarding the artist and their work. 

Please visit the Joan Mitchell Center’s program page for further information.