Artist Programs Artist Grants

Elemore Morgan Jr., 2006 Painters & Sculptors Grant Recipient

The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in 1993 to fulfill the ambitions of Joan Mitchell to aid and assist contemporary artists and to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities. To further this mandate, the Foundation supports visual artists through a range of grant programs.

The Foundation annually awards grants nationally, by nomination, to individual artists. The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program offers unrestricted career support, and the Emerging Artist Grant Program offers early career artists both unrestricted career support and professional development. The Emergency Grant Program provides funding after natural or man-made disasters that have affected a community, and from 1997-2012 the MFA Grant Program supported artists as they graduated from their respective programs.Further assistance to individual artists consists of program initiatives such as Creating a Living Legacy (CALL), Career Opportunity Grants, and the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, an artist residency program.

By encouraging the work of a diverse group of artists, the Foundation celebrates the unique legacy of Joan Mitchell as an American artist and seeks to illuminate the important contributions of painters and sculptors working today.