Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant

The Joan Mitchell Foundation Inc. is pleased to announce the

fifteen recipients of the 2012 MFA Grant Program:

Veronique d'Entremont, University of California, Los Angeles

Yukiyo Kawano, Vermont College of Fine Arts

Weston Lambert, Tulane University

Alisha McCurdy, Stony Brook University

Grace Mikell, Tulane University

Chris Musina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Laini Nemett, Maryland Institute College of Art

Jose Antonio Ojeda, Stony Brook University

Jack Pavlik, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Shaun Roberts, University of Washington

Rowan Smith, California Institute of the Arts

Cynthia Stepp, University of Delaware

Jared Theis, University of California, Davis

Jamal Thorne, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Eddie Villanueva, University of Wisconsin - Madison

The annual MFA Grant Program was created in 1997 to assist painters and sculptors who are receiving their MFA degrees. With these grants the Foundation aims to further the recipients' artistic careers and to aid, upon graduation, in the transition from academic to professional studio work.

Each recipient will receive an MFA Grant in the amount of $15,000. To date the Joan Mitchell Foundation has awarded 192 MFA Grants. These grants are given in recognition of artistic quality to artists chosen from a body of candidates put forth by nominators from the academic art community across the United States.

The nominated candidates' images were viewed for grant consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel that convened in late April at the facilities of the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Additional programs undertaken by the Foundation include free art classes for New York City youth, an annual grant to painters and sculptors, and grants to artists and arts communities in need of emergency support after a disaster. The Foundation has established the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, which will be starting an artist in residence and currently offers programming that engages the local community. 

The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in April 1993 as a not-for-profit corporation following the death of Joan Mitchell in October 1992. The Foundation celebrates the legacy of Joan Mitchell and expands her vision to support the aspirations and development of diverse contemporary artists. We work to broaden the recognition of artists and their essential contributions to communities and society.

For more information on the Foundation, please visit:

Contact:  Allison Hawkins, Grants Director, 212.524.0100