The Foundation

The Joan Mitchell Foundation celebrates the life of abstract artist Joan Mitchell by expanding awareness of her pioneering work and fulfilling her wish to support and provide opportunities for visual artists. Through grants, residencies, and related initiatives, the Foundation advances the work of today’s artists and amplifies their essential contributions to communities around the world.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is both a model for how resources can be offered to artists, and an advocate for the value of artists. The impact the Foundation seeks to have is to help to create a world in which the following conditions exist:

  • Artists are valued and thriving
  • The visual artists who are recognized in contemporary culture reflect and represent the diverse world in which we live
  • A comprehensible and comprehensive set of systems provide resources for artists’ lives and careers

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is:

  • Artist-centered
  • Diverse in demographics and perspectives
  • Responsive
  • Comprehensive
  • Sustainable

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Joan Mitchell in her Vétheuil studio, 1983. Photograph by Robert Freson, Joan Mitchell Foundation Archives, © Joan Mitchell Foundation


Board of Directors
Ronald Bechet, President
Jean Shin, Vice-President
Sandy S. Lee, Treasurer
Juan Sánchez, Secretary
Theodore S. Berger
Kemi Ilesanmi
Miranda Lash
Michele Tortorelli
Linda Usdin, Dr.PH.


Alejandro Anreus, Ph.D, Board President Emeritus
​Tomie Arai, Board Secretary Emeritus
Dan Bergman, Board President Emeritus
John Koos, Director Emeritus
Tyrone Mitchell, Director Emeritus
Yolanda Shashaty, Director Emeritus
Carolyn Somers, Founding Member & Executive Director Emeritus


Christa Blatchford, Executive Director
Aimee Solomon, Deputy Director, Finance & Administration
Kay Takeda, Senior Director, Artist Programs
Derrick Biney-Amissah, Director of Facilities
Melissa Dean, Design & Media Manager
Jenny Gill, Communications Manager
Sameen Naqvi, Staff Accountant
Janice Teran, Administrative Associate

Artist Support Department
Shervone Neckles-Ortiz, Artist Programs Manager, Professional Development
Lilia Sterling, Artist Programs Manager, Grants

Joan Mitchell Center
Toccarra A. H. Thomas, Director
Silvia Chamale, Housekeeper
Nathan Davila, Operations Manager
Frank Gleber, Hospitality Associate
Dave Greber, Digital Media Assistant
Jeremy Jones, Studio Assistant
Astrid Kaemmerling, PhD, Artist-Centered Program Manager
Mauricio Mossi, Property Associate
Kendra Thompson, Artist-Centered Program Associate
Sandy Thornburg, Weekend Coordinator

Artwork/Legacy Department
Laura Morris, Director of Archives & Research
Andrew Beccone, Database & Digital Asset Manager
Joey Cabrera, Associate Archivist
Heather Whitehead, Collection Manager

Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné
Suzi Villiger, Project Director
Marley B. Lewis, Researcher
Alexandra Tagami Vargo, Researcher

Jobs & Internships

Learn more about any job openings or to apply for an internship.


The Joan Mitchell Foundation was founded in 1993, the year after the death of the artist Joan Mitchell. Mitchell's will specified that a foundation be established in her name to "aid and assist" visual artists.

An Artist-Endowed Foundation is funded through the artwork and assets of either a living artist or an artist’s estate.

The Foundation oversees and maintains a collection of Joan Mitchell’s work.  The sale of these paintings directly support the Foundation’s endowment, programs and grant making activities.

No, the Foundation is not allowed to solicit outside funding.

We occasionally mount special exhibitions at the Foundation’s offices in New York. For more information on exhibitions and public hours, see the Blog section of this site. Please note that we do not display Joan Mitchell's artwork in our office gallery.

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