Artist Programs FAQ

The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant grants for individual artists are only awarded through nomination. We do not have an open application process for this unrestricted grant. For further information on why we use a nomination process, please read our expanded thoughts here.

Although the Foundation is no longer providing artists with direct grants to support their legacy planning and studio organization work, CALL resources are freely available to the public via the Foundation’s resources page here and

The Foundation’s nominators are kept confidential.

The Foundation cannot accept unsolicited nominations. The Foundation invites nominators from across the country each year to participate anonymously in our grant program nominations.

The Foundation can fund painters and sculptors who have suffered losses due to a natural or man-made disaster that has affected a community. Please see the Emergency Grant section on our website for more information. You are also welcome to contact the Foundation with any questions.

Our organizational funding is currently by invitation.

The Foundation’s mission is to work with living artists. Unfortunately we are not able to support the work of estates.

Yes, you can find free downloadable estate planning resources for visual artists, their supporters, and attorneys at

For any living artist, having your work organized is critical for conducting the business of your art.  However, it is particularly important for those who handle your estate and advocate for your work. This organization will allow for more opportunities while you are alive and after you are gone.

The Foundation has developed a website through the Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) program that offers information and resources to the public. provides a forum of shared information for established and emerging artists about cataloging, storing, and any archival related topics regarding the artist and their work. 

Please visit the Joan Mitchell Center’s program page for further information.