Artist Grants Painters & Sculptors Program

Painters & Sculptors Grants

The annual Painters & Sculptors Grants, first awarded in 1994, provide unrestricted funds of $25,000 each to a diverse group of 25 artists. Selected through a tiered process of nomination and jurying, these grants seek to recognize artists who are making exceptional work, who are deserving of greater acknowledgment on a national level, and who will benefit from the recognition and funding that the award provides.

Over the last 26 years, the Painters & Sculptors Grants have supported more than 500 artists in communities across the US, often at crucial times in their career. By providing unrestricted funds, we give grant recipients the freedom to decide how best to further develop their work and careers.

The Foundation awards the Painters & Sculptors Grants through a nomination process. Nominators from across the country are invited to recommend artists, at any stage in their career, who fit the criteria outlined above. Nominated artists are invited to submit an online application. A jury panel then selects the 25 awardees. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and art educators who are dedicated to supporting artists. 

Please note that the Foundation cannot accept unsolicited applications or nominations. The Foundation’s nominators are kept confidential.


Painters & Sculptors Grant Program Recipients 1994–2019

Artworks shown on subsequent pages are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application.

2019

Anila Quayyum Agha
Morehshin Allahyari
Candida Alvarez
Frida Baranek
Debra Baxter
Keren Benbenisty
Paul Stephen Benjamin
Juan William Chávez
Jamal Cyrus
Patricia Fernández Carcedo
Lauren Halsey
Andrea Heimer
Suzanne Jackson
Baseera Khan
Arghavan Khosravi
Candice Lin
Daniel Lind-Ramos
Cannupa Hanska Luger
Gabriel Martinez
Wardell Milan
Young Min Moon
Kate Newby
Shikeith
Salman Toor
Lien Truong


2018

Felipe Baeza
Cindy Cheng
Yanira Collado
Elisabeth Condon
David Antonio Cruz
Elliot Doughtie
Addoley Dzegede
Krista Franklin
Doreen Garner
EJ Hill
Lisa Jarrett
Elizabeth Malaska
Joiri Minaya
Maia Cruz Palileo
Wendy Red Star
Naomi Reis
Jamea Richmond-Edwards
Kenny Rivero
Lauren Roche
Evelyn Rydz
Blair Saxon-Hill
Nyugen E. Smith
Juana Valdes
Jose Villalobos
Brittney Leeanne Williams


2017

Leonardo Benzant
Ruth Buentello
Colin Chase
Pamela Council
Solomon Enos
Jes Fan
Ana Fernandez
jonathan paul gillette
Salvador Jiménez-Flores
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
Riva Lehrer
Joel Longnecker
Michi Meko
Drew Michael
Arcmanoro Niles
Pat Phillips
Lucy Puls
Analia Segal
Rodrigo Valenzuela
Derrick Velasquez
Michael Wang
Dwayne Wilcox
Amanda Williams
Antoine Williams
Jenifer K Wofford


2016

Faisal Abdu'Allah
Otho Branson
Galen Brown
Julie Buffalohead
Derrick Buisch
Sam Cady
Andrea Carlson
Nandini Chirimar
Glenn Goldberg
Rachel Hayes
Marina Kassianidou
Athena LaTocha
Katie Lewis
Beili Liu
Nyeema Morgan
Fahamu Pecou
Heidi Pollard
Juan Carlos Quintana
Amy Schissel
Tschabala Self
Tori Tinsley
Adejoke Tugbiyele 
Vadis Turner 
Torkwase Wells-Dyson
Samira Yamin


2015

Seth Alverson
Tyanna Buie
Dawn Clements
Elena del Rivero
Jim Denomie
Celia Eberle
Carlos Estevez
Amir H. Fallah
Scherezade Garcia
Heidi Lau
Faheem Majeed
Charles McGill
Stas Orlovski
Ebony G. Patterson
James Perrin
Amy Pleasant
Lina Puerta
Nathaniel Robinson
Paul Rucker
Tracey Snelling
Claire Stigliani
Lava Thomas
Vincent Valdez
Stephanie Wilde
Jave Yoshimoto


2014 

Samanta Batra Mehta
Juan Angel Chavez
Andrea Chung
Esperanza Cortés
Vanessa Diaz
Yashua Klos
Don Kottmann
Jessica Lagunas
Kapulani Landgraf
Clay Lohmann
Anthony Luensman
Brandan Odums
Joyce Ogden
Paul Pagk
Stephanie Pierce
Arturo Rodriguez
Elizabeth Simonson
Kevin Snipes
Aaron Spangler
Donald M. Varnell
Sarah Wagner
Shoshanna Weinberger
Dyani White Hawk
Jason S. Yi
Monica Zeringue


2013

Sarah Amos
Adam Bateman
Kajahl Benes
Carolyn Castaño
Loring Cornish
Jane Dickson
Gaela Erwin
Amy Feldman
Benin Ford
Heather Hart
Alicia Henry
Robert Hodge
Maria Hupfield
Fay Jones
Jennie C. Jones
Shana Kaplow
Lavar Munroe
Glexis Novoa
Lamar Peterson
Robert A. Pruitt
Amanda Ross-Ho
Amy Sherald
Sean Shim-Boyle
Kate Teale
Xiaoze Xie


2012

Olive Ayhens
Conrad Bakker
Rachel Berwick
Katherine Bradford
Melissa Brown
Scott Davis
Abigail DeVille
Yvonne Estrada
Lauren Gallaspy
Jeffrey Gibson
Joel Handorff
Nancy Hom
Martin Kersels
Judith Linhares
Anissa Mack
Noelle Mason
Sarah McKenzie
Meleko Mokgosi
Darryl Montana
Ralph Pugay
Peter Saul
Gary Stephan
Keith Tallett
Leslie Wayne
Sherri Lynn Wood


2011

Diana Al-Hadid
Nicole Awai
Keith Benjamin
William Cordova
Cicely Cottingham
Florine Demosthene
Daniel Douke
Julie Green
Tommy Hartung
Janelle Iglesias
Gary Kachadourian
Simone Leigh
Andrew Lenaghan
Anne Lindberg
Virgil Marti
Liz Miller
Jiha Moon
Catherine Murphy
Sarah Oppenheimer
Kanishka Raja
Duke Riley
Chemi Rosado-Seijo
Annabeth Rosen
Jackie Tileston
Sarah Walker<


2010

Samira Abbassy
M. Firelei Báez
Tom Burckhardt
Kaili Chun
Bruce A. Davenport, Jr.
Chitra Ganesh
Michael Hall
Corin Hewitt
Vandana Jain
Noah Landfield
Darryl Lauster
James Luna
Walter McConnell
Michael C. McMillen
Jason Middlebrook
Postcommodity
Arlene Shechet
Jeanne Silverthorne
Travis Somerville
Tavares Strachan
Whiting Tennis
Sam Van Aken
Manuel Vega, Jr.
Stacy Lynn Waddell
Lynne Yamamoto


2009

John Ahearn
Mequitta Ahuja
Kathy Butterly
Freddy Chandra
Luis Cruz Azaceta
Blane De St. Croix
Bailey Doogan
Daniel Dove
Joanne Greenbaum
Christine Heindl
Steven Hull
Jane Irish
Ivelisse Jimenez
James Little
Jeffry Mitchell
Carrie Moyer
John Newman
Sheila Pepe
Jane South
Stephanie Syjuco
Mickalene Thomas
Nari Ward
Sue Williams
Paula Wilson
Will Wilson


2008

Laylah Ali
Eve Aschheim
Judith Bernstein
James Biederman
Nick Cave
Jenny Dubnau
Skylar Fein
Kirk Hayes
Barkley L. Hendricks
Charles Juhász-Alvarado
Peter Krashes
Cameron Martin
Kayla Mohammadi
Katrina Moorhead
Robyn O’Neil
Bruce Pearson
Ann Pibal
Robb Putnam
Paul Ramírez Jonas
Rodriguez Calero
Sigrid Sandström
Anne Seidman
Shinique Smith
Julianne Swartz
Susan Chrysler White


2007

Douglas Bourgeois
Iona Rozeal Brown
Margarita Cabrera
Alexander Couwenberg
Dahlia Elsayed
Nancy Evans
Chris Garofalo
Guy Goodwin
Deborah Grant
Rashawn Griffin
Pedro Lasch
Miguel Luciano
David Bunn Martine
Wangechi Mutu
Fran O’Neill
Karyn Olivier
German Pitre
Dario Robleto
Alex Rubio
Michael Sarich
Ward Shelley
T.L. Solien
Roy Staab
Yuken Teruya
Susan York


2006

Brian Alfred
John Bisbee
Maria Brito
Einar and Jamex de la Torre
Xiomara De Oliver
Carlos Rolón
Lilian Garcia-Roig
Seonna Hong
Brad Kahlhamer
Rajkamal Kahlon
Pak-Hing Kan
Jean-Pierre Larocque
Lise M. Lemeland
Ati Maier
David McGee
Mark Messersmith
Elemore Morgan Jr.
Ivan Navarro
Clare Rojas
Melquiades Rosario Sastre
Katherine Sherwood
Akio Takamori
Kevin Teare
William Villalongo
Charles Yuen


2005

Ray Abeyta
Manuel Acevedo
Sachiko Akiyama
Chris Ballantyne
Willie Birch
Rosalyn Bodycomb
Steven Deo
Mark Dion
Wei Dong
Stephen Ellis
Lonnie Holley
Mei-Ling Hom
Shih-Chieh Huang
Yoko Inoue
Kristen Morgin
Rebecca Purdum
Joe Ramiro Garcia
Sean Russell
Paul Smith
Dan Steinhilber
Fred Stonehouse
Renee Stout
Marie Watt
Yuriko Yamaguchi
Sun Koo Yuh


2004

Nick Ackerman
A. Robert Birmelin
Denise Burge
Glenn Lewis Clevenger
Susanna Heller
Mildred Howard
Sedrick Huckaby
David Lozano
Maggie Michael
Tom Nakashima
Ester Partegas
Richard Rezac
Jim Richard
Eric Sall
Ray Smith
Jeff Sonhouse
Erick Swenson
Peter Williams
John Yoyogi Fortes
Wanxin Zhang


2003

Radcliffe Bailey
Joe Baker
James Barsness
Nyame Brown
Gabriel Martinez
Julie Mehretu
Kori Newkirk
Soffia Saemundsdottir
Roger Shimomura
Duane Slick


2002

Elia Alba
Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla
Jerri Allyn
John Bankston
Mark Bradford
Roy Crosse
Ben Jones
Colin Lee
Ledelle Moe
Jose Morales


2001

Suzanne Bocanegra
Michael Bramwell
Mark Calderon
Gregory Coates
Leandro Erlich
Tom Friedman
Tim Hawkinson
Toba Khedoori
Tom Knechtel
Robert Lobe
Franco Mondini-Ruiz
Sarah Morris
Odili Donald Odita
Kevin Sampson
Maki Tamura
John Valadez
Tam Van Tran
Tomas Vu-Daniel
Kara Walker
Fred Wilson


2000

Xenobia Bailey
Charles Burwell
Kathy Chenoweth
Marta Chilindron
Jane Hammond
David Hammons
James Hyde
Michael Joo
Arnold Kemp
Judith Lowry
Jane Masters
Sarah McEneaney
Arnaldo Morales
Jennifer Nuss
Dhara Rivera
Do-Ho Suh
Elizabeth Turk
Alan Uglow
John Wilson
Su-en Wong


1999

Norman Akers
Polly Apfelbaum
Troy Brauntuch
Anne Chu
James De La Vega
Christopher French
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Elana Herzog
Adam Hurwitz
Warren Isensee
Karen Kilimnik
Gary Komarin
Udomsak Krisanamis
Ayane Kurai
Helen O’Leary
Ruby Palmer
Katy Schimert
Amy Sillman
Julia Wachtel
Janet Zweig


1998

Janine Antoni
Edward Clark
Petah Coyne
Nancy Fried
Paul Gardere
Maria Elena Gonzalez
Harmony Hammond
Bing Hu
Yun-Fei Ji
James Lavadour
Hung Liu
John Moore
Alison Saar
Lisa Sigal
Shahzia Sikander
C. Maxx Stevens
Denyse Thomasos
Fred Tomaselli
Paul Wong
Kim Yasuda


1997

Mel Chin
Keith Duncan
Ellen Gallagher
Marina Gutierrez
Oliver Herring
JoAnn Jones
Byron Kim
Ming-Wei Lee
Christopher Lesnewski
Claudia Matzko
Ernesto Pujol
Freddy Rodriguez
Arthur Simms
Mimi Smith
Bently Spang
Michael Tong
Kukuli Velarde
Ursula Von Rydingsvard
Philemona Williamson
Mel Ziegler


1996

James A. Brown
Kendall Buster
Long-Bin Chen
Willie Cole
Lesley Dill
Nancy Grossman
Maren Hassinger
Lisa Hoke
Ik-Joong Kang
Glenn Ligon
Whitfield Lovell
Alvin Loving
Kay Miller
John Monti
Chuck Nanney
Pepon Osorio
Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith
Gary Simmons
William T. Williams
Mierle Laderman Ukeles


1995

Frances Barth
Jacqueline Bernat
Chakaia Booker
Rolando Briseno
Edgar Buonagurio
Franz Buzawa
Dan-Qing Chen
Stephen Davis
Mary Frank
Barbara Gallucci
Lamerol Gatewood
Edward Giordano
Jacqueline Humphries
Ying Hung
Siobhan Liddell
David Nelson
Juan Sanchez
Judith Schaechter
Kay Walkingstick
Jack Whitten


1994

Terry Adkins
Tomie Arai
Miriam Beerman
Matthew Benedict
Emilio Cruz
Leonardo Drew
Melvin Edwards
Nicole Eisenman
Gwen Fabricant
Rochelle Feinstein
Connie Fox
Peter Hristoff
Henrietta Mantooth
Tyrone Mitchell
Jody Pinto
Howardena Pindell
Chris Robinson
Phil Young