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The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Announces 2017-18 Grants of $3.9 Million

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154 Grants Awarded to 125 Artists and 25 Institutions across the U.S. and Internationally

Foundation Awards $100,000 to Madison Square Park Conservancy in support of Martin Puryear for U.S. Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale 

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. announced today it has awarded $3,905,000 to 125 artists and 25 organizations during its 2017-2018 grant cycle. The 154 grants provide invaluable support to national and international artists and not-for-profit organizations. This year’s grantees and award recipients include artists from 24 states, Puerto Rico, and 14 countries. Through this round of grants, the Foundation has been able to provide critical professional support to artists around the globe, enabling artists to create new work and prepare for exhibitions and residencies. The Foundation’s Emergency Relief Grants provided $228,000 to artists and organizations affected by recent devastating hurricanes and California wildfires. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has awarded more than 4,510 grants in 77 countries, for a total of nearly $74 million. 

In addition to its annual grant recipients, the Foundation also announced a $100,000 grant to the Madison Square Park Conservancy in support of Martin Puryear and his commission for the 2019 U.S. Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. Puryear will create new work for Venice on view May 11 through November 24, 2019.

“Our 2017-18 grant and award recipients demonstrate the depth and breadth of the artists and organizations the Foundation is able to serve, thanks to the legacy of Lee Krasner,” said Ronald D. Spencer, Chairman and CEO of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. “We are honored to be able to support Martin Puryear through his commission for the U.S. Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennale.” 

The Lee Krasner Award, given in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement was awarded to artists Mel Chin, Chris Drury, Alfred Leslie, Don Nice, Morgan O’Hara, and Masami Teraoka in recognition of their distinguished careers. Additionally, Amy Sherald, the official portrait artist of former First Lady Michelle Obama, is the recipient of the 2017-18 Pollock Prize for Creativity, awarded to an outstanding artist whose work embodies high creative standards and exemplifies the impact of art on individuals and society. A 2013 Pollock-Krasner grant recipient, Sherald is the second recipient of the Pollock Prize, following South African photographer Gideon Mendel, who received the honor in 2016. 

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation also supports not-for-profit institutions that engage with artists and has awarded 29 grants to 25 organizations ranging from museums, art schools, artist residency programs, and institutions such as the Barbican Centre in London in support of an upcoming exhibition; the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture for a new Pollock-Krasner Foundation Ceramics Studio, and a Stony Brook endowed studio art professor fellowship; and to the Byrdcliffe Artists-in-Residence program in Woodstock, NY.

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