2012 MFA Grant Program Recipients

The Joan Mitchell Foundation Inc. is pleased to announce the fifteen recipients of the 2012 MFA Grant Program:

Veronique d'Entremont, University of California, Los Angeles
Yukiyo Kawano, Vermont College of Fine Arts
Weston Lambert, Tulane University
Alisha McCurdy, Stony Brook University
Grace Mikell, Tulane University
Chris Musina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Laini Nemett, Maryland Institute College of Art
Jose Antonio Ojeda, Stony Brook University
Jack Pavlik, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Shaun Roberts, University of Washington
Rowan Smith, California Institute of the Arts
Cynthia Stepp, University of Delaware
Jared Theis, University of California, Davis
Jamal Thorne, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Eddie Villanueva, University of Wisconsin - Madison


The annual MFA Grant Program was created in 1997 to assist painters and sculptors who are receiving their MFA degrees. With these grants the Foundation aims to further the recipients’ artistic careers and to aid, upon graduation, in the transition from academic to professional studio work.

Each recipient will receive an MFA Grant in the amount of $15,000. To date the Joan Mitchell Foundation has awarded 192 MFA Grants. These grants are given in recognition of artistic quality to artists chosen from a body of candidates put forth by nominators from the academic art community across the United States.

The nominated candidates’ images were viewed for grant consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel that convened in late April at the facilities of the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Additional programs undertaken by the Foundation include free art classes for New York City youth, an annual grant to painters and sculptors, and grants to artists and arts communities in need of emergency support after a disaster. The Foundation has established the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, which will be starting an artist in residence and currently offers programming that engages the local community.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in April 1993 as a not-for-profit corporation following the death of Joan Mitchell in October 1992. The Foundation celebrates the legacy of Joan Mitchell and expands her vision to support the aspirations and development of diverse contemporary artists. We work to broaden the recognition of artists and their essential contributions to communities and society.

Contact: Allison Hawkins, Grants Director, 212.524.0100

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