The annual Joan Mitchell Fellowship provides 15 artists based in the U.S. with unrestricted funds of $60,000 each, distributed over the course of five years. Selected artists receive an initial payment of $20,000, followed by annual amounts of $10,000 given over the four subsequent years. The financial support is interwoven with dedicated and flexible professional development that also unfolds across the five-year timeline, including virtual studio visits and one-on-one professional practice consultations; convenings that facilitate network-building; and programs that focus on personal finance, legacy planning, and thought leadership, among other opportunities. As grant recipients, Fellows will also be eligible to apply for a residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.
The Joan Mitchell Fellowship re-envisions the Foundation’s oldest program, the Painters & Sculptors Grants (awarded from 1994-2020), to deepen its investment in artists’ long-term success through a multi-year fellowship with related professional offerings. As an unrestricted award, artists make the decisions about how best to develop their work and careers.