Joan Mitchell Foundation Names Recipients of 2018 Painters & Sculptors Grants

Kenny Rivero, ADAB’s (Afro Dominican American Brothers), 2016–18.


The Joan Mitchell Foundation announced the 2018 recipients of its Painters & Sculptors grants, which will provide 25 artists with $25,000 each in unrestricted funds. This year, the foundation said, 70 percent of the grantees identify as female and approximately 80 percent as non-white.

Christa Blatchford, CEO of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, told ARTnews, “As demonstrated by the diversity of this group of grant recipients, we work with a spectrum of artists, whose practices, backgrounds, and careers vary widely, but we hear consistently that day-to-day financial support—the kind that rarely makes headlines—remains critical.”

Applicants are nominated by arts professionals and peers, then chosen through a private jury process. Once tapped, recipients are eligible to apply for residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. “Thanks to Mitchell’s vision and our own desire to continue to be responsive to artists’ most essential needs, we are committed to providing unrestricted funds and very much look forward to the ongoing success of our artist community,” Blatchford added.

The full list of recipients follows below.

Felipe Baeza, Brooklyn
Cindy Cheng, Baltimore
Yanira Collado, North Miami, Florida
Elisabeth Condon, New York
David Antonio Cruz, Brooklyn
Elliot Doughtie, Baltimore
Addoley Dzegede, Portland, Oregon
Krista Franklin, Chicago
Doreen Garner, Brooklyn
EJ Hill, Los Angeles
Lisa Jarrett, Portland, Oregon
Elizabeth Malaska, Portland, Oregon
Joiri Minaya, Bronx, New York
Maia Cruz Palileo, Brooklyn
Wendy Red Star, Portland, Oregon
Naomi Reis, Brooklyn
Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Silver Spring, Maryland
Kenny Rivero, New York
Lauren Roche, Minneapolis
Evelyn Rydz, Boston
Blair Saxon-Hill, Portland, Oregon
Nyugen E. Smith, Jersey City, New Jersey
Juana Valdes, Miami and Amherst, Massachusetts
Jose Villalobos, San Antonio, Texas
Brittney Leeanne Williams, Chicago

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