Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Names 2017 ‘Artist as Activist’ Fellows

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials.


The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in New York has named the 2017 grantees for its Artist as Activist fellowship, which recognizes individuals and collectives whose work is politically engaged. Grantees will now receive up to $100,000 over a two-year period.

This year’s recipients were selected from a pool of 275 applicants. Their proposed projects address a host of social issues, from the prison-industrial complex to police brutality.

Rïse Wilson, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s director of philanthropy, said in a statement, “This year’s fellows draw much needed attention to the ways in which our current criminal justice system impacts families, communities, and our country at large. By supporting and building this community of artists, we are strengthening the field of practice where art and activism intersect, while also ensuring timely, relevant work has the visibility and platform it requires.”

A list of the 2017 fellows follows below. For full descriptions of each artist’s proposed project, head over to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s website.

  • Eve Abrams
  • Chicago Torture Justice Memorial
  • Erika Cohn
  • Jesse Krimes
  • Jo Kreiter
  • Michelle Ortiz
  • Zoey Martinson
  • Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra
  • Spirithouse

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