Since 1963, from its roots in an emergency fundraising drive for the fledgling dancer Merce Cunningham (led by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and John Cage), the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has endured as an artist-led enterprise to support other artists, with the awarding of unrestricted $40,000 grants among its primary pursuits. Winners for 2017 were announced today—they include a formidable mix of established and emerging artists, in a range of different disciplines. In addition, the FCA announced a new annual Dorothea Tanning Award to be given alongside the existing awards, this one going to the poet Liz Waldner and supported via a $1 million endowment gift from the Destina Foundation.
Fundraising for FCA remains active through this weekend at a James Welling–curated benefit sale/exhibition at David Zwirner gallery in New York. Otherwise, this year’s grantees are. . .
Merce Cunningham Award ($40,000)
Robert Rauschenberg Award ($40,000)
Dorothea Tanning Award ($40,000)
Grants to Artists ($40,000 each)
A. L. Steiner