Artist Programs

Fulfilling Joan Mitchell’s ambition to “aid and assist” artists, the Foundation offers a range of programs and resources designed to meet the commitment of artists to sustain their creative practices.

Artist Andrea Chung pinning a blue print of a fish to a white wall
Andrea Chung, 2014 Grant Recipient, © Reginald Eldridge, Jr.

Joan Mitchell Fellowship

The Joan Mitchell Fellowship annually awards 15 artists working in the evolving fields of painting and sculpture with $60,000 each in unrestricted funds, distributed over a five-year period. Launched in 2021, the new Fellowship program re-envisions and enhances the impact of the Foundation's earlier Painters & Sculptors Grants. These awards are decided through a nomination and jury process; artists receive an invitation to apply if they are nominated.

Artist Louise Mouton Johnson working at a sewing machine in her studio at the Joan Mitchell Center
Louise Mouton Johnson in her studio at the Joan Mitchell Center, 2018. © Reginald Eldridge, Jr.

Residencies in New Orleans

At the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, we offer artists dedicated time and space for the creative process. Each year, past Foundation grant recipients and artists based in New Orleans are invited to apply for one- to five-month residencies.

Legacy Specialist Alex Unthank and artist Marcos Dimas looking at slides on a lightbox in a room filled with papers, art supplies and storage.
Legacy Specialist Alex Unthank working with CALL Artist Marcos Dimas in his studio.

Creating a Living Legacy

Through the Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) initiative, we encourage artists to honor and preserve a lifetime of work through intentional legacy planning. Artists, their family members, and estate executors can access free resources on career documentation, inventory management, and estate planning.

A group of people sitting in a circle in conversation in a bright white walled room
Artists-in-Residence at Joan Mitchell Center sharing advice and experience on participating in residencies. © Jeremy Tauriac

Professional Development

We offer professional consultations, training, and knowledge building as core aspects of our programs for artists. Many of our guides, articles, and resource lists are made available to a wider audience online.

Artist Wojciech Gilewicz carrying a large abstract painting
Wojciech Gilewicz, 2012 Emergency Grant Recipient, © Reginald Eldridge, Jr.

Emergency Grants

From 2005–2019, the Foundation provided emergency support to U.S.-based visual artists who suffered significant material losses after natural or man-made disasters, to help them get back to their practices. In response to the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, we increased and reallocated the Foundation's Emergency Grants budget to Artist Relief, a national COVID response fund, and Creative Response, a New Orleans-based relief effort. The Foundation concluded the Emergency Grants program at the end of 2020 to more fully dedicate resources to the new Joan Mitchell Fellowship, while remaining responsive to large-scale emergencies affecting the artist community.

Past Programs

Learn more about the Foundation's past work to understand and support evolving artist needs, including:

  • MFA Grants (1997 to 2012)
  • Art Education (1997 to 2016)
  • Organizational Grants (2005 to 2017)
  • Emerging Artist Grants (2015 to 2016)
  • Early Art Practitioners Initiatives (2017 to 2019)