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Foundation for Contemporary Arts Names 2017 Grantees for Performance, Poetry, and Visual Art

Liz Waldner, winner of the Dorothea Tanning Award. EDIE LONG/COURTESY FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

Liz Waldner is the winner of the inaugural Dorothea Tanning Award.


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)
Linda Austin

Robert Rauschenberg Award ($40,000)
Jimmie Durham

Dorothea Tanning Award ($40,000)
Liz Waldner

Grants to Artists ($40,000 each)

Kim Brandt
Moriah Evans

Gelsey Bell
Chris Corsano
Shelley Hirsch
Thessia Machado

Performance Art/Theater
Annie Dorsen
Yuval Sharon
Adrienne Truscott

Anselm Berrigan

Visual Arts
Andrea Fraser
Aki Sasamoto
A. L. Steiner
George Trakas

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