The New York–based Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced the inaugural recipients of its Joan Mitchell Fellowships, which provide 15 artists working in painting and sculpture with unrestricted $60,000 grants. The funds will be disbursed over a five-year span, during which the awardees will also be given access to networking opportunities with arts professionals and mentorship programs.
Among the recipients are the Colombian-born María Berrío, whose large-scale collage works probe themes of identity and migration; Angela Hennessy, an Oakland-based artist and educator who often incorporates hair and cloth into massive sculptures exploring death and grief; Japanese American painter Chie Fueki, who is known for blending Eastern and Western folk and decorative arts styles via detailed paintings created on mulberry paper and wood panels; and the Brooklyn-born Kambui Olujimi, whose work has centered on community activism in his childhood neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant.
“The new fellowship program continues the foundation’s decades-long commitment to providing unrestricted resources directly to individual artists working in painting and sculpture, while expanding to a five-year model that strengthens the financial and career-development support we will provide,” the foundation’s executive director, Christa Blatchford, said in a statement. “This fellowship, which bears Joan Mitchell’s name, deepens the way we fulfill her wishes for the foundation to give artists the agency needed to sustain a life-long studio practice.”
Earlier this year the foundation announced it was reimagining its annual Painters & Sculptors Grants, which was established in 1994 and awarded 25 artists unrestricted grants of $25,000. The Joan Mitchell Fellowship, which supplants that program, was designed with an emphasis on longterm financial and professional assistance.
The full list of 2021 Joan Mitchell Fellows:
Adam de Boer
Raúl de Nieves
Rose B. Simpson