Warhol Foundation announces fall 2021 grant recipients

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has announced the forty-nine recipients of its Fall 2021 grants, totaling $4.1 million, to museums and arts organizations in support of their programs, exhibitions, and curatorial research in the field of visual arts Art will be awarded, with up to 50 percent of the funds available to cover administrative costs. Among the first grantees, of which there are twenty, are those whose innovative, collaborative and flexible programs have supported artists and allowed their practices to thrive during a particularly turbulent time. These include the Indigo Arts Alliance of Portland, Maine, which supports black and brown artists in New England, and the CALA Alliance of Phoenix, a multidisciplinary Latinx arts organization that offers artists from Arizona, Mexico and Latin America opportunities to expand their networks and to exhibit their work.

“The Fall 2021 grantees are adapting and reinventing ways to meet the needs of artists as they brave the daily obstacles that arise during these unpredictable times,” said Joel Wachs, President of the Warhol Foundation. “Artists are at the heart of the Foundation’s work, and it is more important than ever to support the organizations that support and empower them as they continue to develop their practices.”

Among the recipients cited by the foundation as representative of its own commitment to the principle of freedom of artistic expression is Brooklyn’s Artist Freedom Initiative, which provides free immigration services, relocation assistance, and exhibition opportunities for artists who have been persecuted for their work, and New York’s National Coalition Against Censorship, which for over twenty years has helped artists and arts promoters who are under censorship pressures by promoting public access to their work and encouraging their freedom of expression, no matter how controversial or unpopular it may be.

“The economic, racial, and political turmoil of our time is affecting the lives of artists and the work they produce,” noted Warhol Foundation program director Rachel Bers. “Museums, non-profit galleries, and other artist-focused organizations are important spaces for artists to incubate, question, develop, and discuss projects that blend with the complexities of the present; The foundation appreciates the meaning these platforms bring to artistic vision and voices, centering artists’ perspectives in conversations that reach far beyond the art world.”

A full list of grantees is below.

Scholarship holders fall 2021 | Program support over 2 years

AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, NY ($60,000)

Fine Art Papers, Atlanta ($100,000)

Artistic Freedom Initiative, Brooklyn, NY ($100,000)

Artist Room, New York ($130,000)

Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL ($100,000)

Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York, New York ($60,000)

CALA Alliance, Phoenix ($100,000)

Chicago Film Society, Chicago ($50,000)

Coaxial Arts Foundation, Los Angeles ($60,000)

Creative Time, Inc., New York ($100,000)

DiverseWorks, Houston ($100,000)

The Flaherty / International Film Seminars, Brooklyn, NY ($100,000)

PhotoFest, Houston ($80,000)

Fulcrum Arts, Pasadena, CA ($50,000)

Indigo Arts Alliance, Portland, ME ($100,000)

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles ($100,000)

Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis ($100,000)

Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, CA ($60,000)

National Coalition Against Censorship, New York ($150,000)

Pike School of Art – Mississippi, McComb, MS ($60,000)

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR ($150,000)

Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI ($80,000)

Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago ($100,000)

Trunk Division, San Francisco ($100,000)

Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia ($80,000)

SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME ($100,000)

Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Arts Center, Buffalo ($100,000)

The Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City, CA ($80,000)

Scholarship holders fall 2021 | exhibition support

Americas Society, New York, “Tropical is Political: Caribbean Art Under the Visitor Economy Regime” ($50,000)

Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, “Dara Birnbaum: The World is Watching” ($35,000)

Bass Museum, Miami Beach, FL, Exhibition Program Support (over 2 years) ($100,000)

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 58th Carnegie International ($150,000)

Cincinnati Art Museum, “Natural World” ($75,000)

Denver Art Museum, “He Who Tells a Story Adds a Tail: Latin America and Contemporary Art” ($65,000)

Fisk University Galleries, Nashville, “African Modernism in America, 1947-1967” ($100,000)

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection / University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, “Madayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala”, ($100,000)

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin, “Faisal Abdu’Allah” ($50,000)

The Menil Collection, Houston, “John Akomfrah: ‘The SNCC Manifestoes'” ($100,000)

El Museo del Barrio, New York, “Juan Francisco Elso: Por America” ​​($100,000)

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, “Prognostic Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Present” ($100,000)

The Queens Museum, New York, “Xaviera Simmons” ($100,000)

San Jose Museum of Art, California, “Kelly Akashi: Of the Weeds” ($50,000)

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, “Pacita Abad” ($100,000)

The Wolfsonian – Florida International University (FIU), Miami Beach, Roberto Lugo Exhibition and Mural Project ($40,000)

Scholarship holders fall 2021 | Curatorial Research Grant

MASS MoCa, North Adams, MA, Denise Markonish ($50,000)

Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, CUNY, New York, Macarena Gómez-Barris and Alaina Claire Feldman ($50,000)

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Miranda Lash ($50,000)

Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Teréz Iacovino and José López Serra ($47,000)

Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY, Sharon Dynak and Tracey Kikut ($47,000)


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