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Early Art Practitioners


Artwork by participants of the 2019 Early Art Practitioners Council & Residency


From 2017 to 2019, the Joan Mitchell Foundation ran pilot programs to better understand and address the needs of visual artists early in their careers. These programs focused on practitioners under the age of 26 who are active in their studio practice and seeking a network of peers, critical engagement, and guidance in navigating the field. Artists were identified for these programs and invited to apply through a nomination process.

The Early Art Practitioners Council was designed as a peer-learning experience for New York area artists, centered on professional and creative development. In addition to the professional development offerings and convenings, the participating artists had access to a shared studio in the Foundation's NYC home office and a materials stipend. The program culminated in a group exhibition.

The Early Art Practitioners Residency was designed as a studio intensive at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. The program offered artists from New York and New Orleans a month-long immersive residency opportunity early in their careers. Because the program took place concurrently with the Center’s Summer Artists-in-Residence (AIR) season, it created unique opportunities for community building and dialogue with artists from New Orleans and across the US who are working in diverse mediums and across career stages. 

Both programs grew out of the Foundation's commitment to understanding and addressing the needs of artists at different career stages, especially those for whom issues of access and inconsistent resources create barriers to achieving their goals. The Early Art Practitioners initiatives were informed by collaborative learning with an Alumni Council of young artists who previously participated in studio art classes offered by the Foundation from 1997 to 2016.

2019 Early Art Practitioner Artists-in-Residence
Gabrielle Garcia-Steib
Dillon Gardener
Hakeem Olayinka
Em Minyard Oppman


2019 Early Art Practitioners Council
Albany Andaluz
Nicole Adames
Jah’china De Leon
Lily Fei
Alannah Sears
Mahnoor Sheikh
Duneska Suannette
Gabrielle Vazquez
Audreamia Wardlow


2018 Early Art Practitioner Artists-in-Residence
Emery Gluck
Henry Lipkis
Alannah Sears
Sada Spence


2018 Alumni Council Members
Luis Cuesta
Darren Dempster
Nicky Draven
Joseph Gonzalez
Amari “Mars” Jones
Megan Pasko
Auden Price-Dillon
Noelani Renderos
Kevin Rijo
Angelica Santiago
Alannah Sears
Sada Spence
Lobsang Tsewang
Nicolas Umpierrez
Jennifer Villa 


2017 Early Art Practitioner Artists-in-Residence
Crystal Henry
Devin Reynolds
Alex Taylor
Audreamia Wardlow