This grant program was created in 1997 to help MFA painters and sculptors transition from academic to professional studio work upon graduation. The candidates are nominated by members of the academic art community across the United States. Images of their artworks are evaluated by an anonymous jury, which this year convened in April at the New York Foundation for the Arts.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in 1993 as a nonprofit corporation following the death of the artist Joan Mitchell in 1992. The foundation seeks to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities. It aids contemporary American painters and sculptors by providing grants, stipends, and scholarships as well as organizing colloquiums, workshops, and other educational activities.