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Pollock-Krasner Foundation Announces 2020-21 Grants, Amounting to Nearly $3.5 Million

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137 Grants Awarded to Artists and Nonprofit Organizations Internationally

Today, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation announces it awarded $3,350,000 to 137 artists and nonprofit organizations during its 2020-21 grant cycle, providing essential support to U.S.-based and international artists. Spanning from San Francisco, CA to Bulleen, Australia, the latest iteration of grant and award recipients comprise artists from 17 states, Puerto Rico and 14 countries. Since the Foundation’s establishment in 1985, it has awarded nearly 5,000 grants totaling $82 million in 78 countries. Particularly critical during the 2020-21 global health crisis, the Foundation’s ongoing funding imparts professional support to artists around the globe, allowing the grantees to create new work, purchase materials, rent studio space, prepare for and mount exhibitions, attend residencies, and offset living expenses.

“As we continue to fulfill Lee Krasner’s vision of supporting working artists internationally, we are proud to provide artists the opportunity to practice and advance their work,” said Ronald D. Spencer, Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. “This year, we are also honored to have provided funding to the Musée National d'Art Moderne Centre Pompidou for its ‘Women in Abstraction’ catalogue that accompanies its exhibition of the same title. Significantly, the exhibition presents the work and elevates the profile of many artists, including Krasner.”

This year, the Lee Krasner Award—bestowed in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement—is awarded to first-time recipients Rita McBride and Cheryl Ann Thomas in honor of their illustrious careers. In addition to McBride and Thomas, other Lee Krasner Award Recipients include Squeak Carnwath, Blane De St. Croix, Laddie John Dill and Morgan O'Hara, who were recognized and received additional support from the Foundation during the 2020-21 cycle, building on their initial acknowledgement. Also in 2021, PKF Grantee Alex Schweder was awarded The Brian Wall Foundation Grant for Sculptors. This year’s $30,000 prize that identifies an exceptional sculptor is awarded by The Brian Wall Foundation and administered by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

In conjunction with its support for individual artists, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation also awarded grants to nonprofit institutions that engage directly with artists and work to extend the legacies of Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock through scholarship opportunities and exhibitions of Krasner and Pollock’s work. This year’s organization grantees include: the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York for the 2022 Whitney Biennial artists’ production expenses; Musée National d'Art Moderne Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, for the Women in Abstraction exhibition 352-page catalogue; and Kunsthalle Basel in Basel, Switzerland, for PKF Grantee Matthew Angelo Harrison’s exhibition, Proto, and the associated monograph.


In addition to the 2020-21 grant recipients, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has provided support for a virtual exhibition, titled Seeing Past the Future, which features the work of 2019-2020 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipients. Unveiled on June 10, Seeing Past the Future was conceived by Shimon Attie, the inaugural Charles C. Bergman Endowed Visiting Professor of Studio Art at Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. The visiting professorship was created in honor of the late Charles C. Bergman, who served as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s Executive Vice President and subsequently Chairman and CEO from the organization’s inception in 1985 until his death in 2018. Made possible by an endowment from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the visiting professorship includes the commitment of collaborating with the Director of the House and Study Center on educational programming like Seeing Past the Future.

Through the presentation of contemporary works by PKF grant recipients, Seeing Past the Future emphasizes how Pollock and Krasner’s legacy remains vibrant and relevant and continues through the practice of working artists today. The exhibition, which comprises 50 works in a wide range of media, is available for online viewing on the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center’s and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s websites: and

For the full list of 2020-21 artist and organization grant recipients, please download the release below.

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Miatta Kawinzi, 2021 Artadia Awardee. The 2021 New York Artadia Award is a recipient of the 2020-21 Pollock-Krasner Foundation organization grant.

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