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Pollock-Krasner Foundation Announces 2018-19 Grants Totaling Over $3 Million

New York, NY
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124 Grants Awarded to 111 Artists and 12 Institutions across U.S. and Internationally 

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation announced today it has awarded $3,168,000 to 111 artists and 12 organizations during its 2018-2019 grant cycle. The 124 grants provided invaluable support to national and international artists and not-for-profit organizations. This year’s grantees and award recipients include artists from 18 states, Puerto Rico, and 17 countries. These grants provide critical professional support to artists around the globe, enabling them to create new work, offset living expenses, and prepare for exhibitions. The Foundation has also provided Emergency Relief Grants to artists affected by recent 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. 

“At the core of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s mission is fostering the work and development of artists, and our 2018-19 grant and award recipients highlight the impact we can have due to Lee Krasner’s legacy,” said Ronald D. Spencer, Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. “In addition, through our support of institutions such as the Barbican Centre and their upcoming Lee Krasner retrospective and catalogue, and the Katonah Museum of Art’s exhibition of the work of Krasner and other women artists who participated in the groundbreaking 9th Street Show, we are continuing to advance much-needed scholarship.”

The Lee Krasner Award, given in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement, was awarded to artists Squeak Carnwath and Blane De St. Croix in honor of their distinguished careers. Earlier this year the Foundation announced Todd Williamson as the recipient of the 2018-19 Pollock Prize for Creativity, created to honor the artistic legacies of Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock and given to an artist whose work embodies high creative standards and has a substantial impact on individuals and society. The $50,000 award is being used to support Williamson’s exhibition Processional, a solo installation on view during the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, May 9 through November 24, 2019. 

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation also supports nonprofit institutions that engage with artists and has awarded 13 grants to organizations including museums, art schools, and artist residency programs. This year recipients include the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO for its residency program and a new Pollock-Krasner Foundation studio; the Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, NY for its renovation of studio spaces; and the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY for an exhibition and residency program. 


Recent organization grants include support for the Madison Square Park Conservancy as commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2019. The Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant towards Martin Puryear’s exhibition, Martin Puryear: Liberty/Martin Puryear: Libertà

In addition, in London, the Barbican Centre’s exhibition Lee Krasner: Living Colour will be on view from May 28 through September 1, 2019, which is the first major European retrospective of the artist’s work in over 50 years. The Foundation is a major lender to the exhibition and has provided funding for its accompanying monograph, edited by art historian and Barbican curator Eleanor Nairne and co-published by Thames & Hudson and the Barbican. The Lee Krasner exhibition will travel to the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt October 11, 2019 through January 12, 2020; Zentrum Paul Klee Bern, February 7 through May 10, 2020; and Guggenheim Bilbao, May 29 through September 6, 2020.

For a full list of artist and organization grant recipients, please download the release below.

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Squeak Carnwath's Baby, 2016 Oil and alkyd on canvas over panel 75 x 75 inches; photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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