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The Warhol Foundation Announces Spring 2019 Grants

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$3.81 million will be awarded to 41 arts organizations for scholarly exhibitions, publications, and visual arts programming

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has announced the recipients of its Spring 2019 grant round. $3.81 million will be awarded to 41 arts organizations for scholarly exhibitions, publications, and visual arts programming, including film screenings, artist residencies, and new commissions. The foundation has an open submission process with application deadlines in the spring and fall. This biannual program accounts for $8 million of the foundation’s current fiscal year grants budget which totals $14.3 million. The program is highly competitive; this round of recipients was selected from an applicant pool of 249 nonprofit arts organizations. Individual grants range from $60,000-$120,000. A complete list of recipients follows.

The foundation supports artist-centered organizations with a focus on practices that are experimental, under-recognized, and/or challenging in nature. Current grants will fund projects in 12 US states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. The foundation strives to highlight innovative yet often marginalized practitioners working at organizations around the country, including those that operate outside of urban arts centers, such as the Coleman Center for the Arts in York, Alabama and M12 in Broomfield, Colorado. Five out of the six monographic exhibitions supported in this grant round feature female artists. In alignment with the foundation’s commitment to freedom of artistic expression, a grant to Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought will support significant research into the impact of the polarized political environment on cultural production.

“The grantees in this round range from small arts organizations with one staff member to major museums, yet they all provide essential resources for artists as well as innovative platforms for critical cultural dialogue. Creative risk-taking is at the heart of this country’s most meaningful social, political, and cultural developments, therefore we are proud to stand behind artist-centered organizations that support experimental practice,” said Joel Wachs, the foundation’s President.

Elizabet Elliott, Director of Exhibitions and Programs at Alabama Contemporary Art Center, explained that the foundation’s support will help, “emerging artists find a venue for politically engaged, experimental, and socially conscious work that has no natural home in the commercial art market. The Warhol Foundation is helping us to make a difference in our community by helping artists make a difference in the world.”

Reinforcing the value of the grant for artists and audiences alike, David Oresick, Executive Director of Pittsburgh-based Silver Eye Center for Photography, said, “because of the Warhol Foundation our artists will realize new works and take creative risks, and our audience will be able to engage deeply and meaningfully with new ideas in photography.”

Spring 2019 Grant Recipients | Support for Single Exhibitions

  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, “Barbara Kruger: Rethink. Remake. Replay,” $100,000
  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, “Lorraine O’Grady, Both/And,” $100,000
  • Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Miami, FL, “”Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art in the Creole City,” $80,000
  • New Museum, New York, NY, “”Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” $100,000
  • The Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, “Telling Stories” and “Platform: Tomashi Jackson,” $100,000
  • The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, “”Moira Dryer: Back in Business,” $75,000
  • The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, “Arctic/Amazon,” $100,000
  • The Queens Museum, Queens, NY, “Property and Life,” $75,000
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, “Dawoud Bey: An American Project,” $100,000
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, Julie Mehretu exhibition, $100,000

Spring 2019 Grant Recipients | Program Support

  • Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Mobile, AL, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, $90,000 (over 2 years)
  • Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, CA, $60,000 (over 2 years)
  • Art21, New York, NY, $100,000
  • Beall Center for Art and Technology / University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Bidoun Projects, Brooklyn, NY, $75,000 (over 2 years)
  • Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts / Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Center for Independent Documentary, Boston, MA, Shirley Clarke documentary, $100,000
  • The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Culver City, CA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Clockshop, Los Angeles, CA, $60,000 (over 2 years)
  • Coleman Center for the Arts, York, AL, $80,000 (over 2 years)
  • Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University, New York, NY $95,000
  • Denniston Hill, Glen Wild, NY, $80,000 (over 2 years)
  • The Drawing Center, New York, $120,000 (over 2 years)
  • Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, $60,000 (over 2 years)
  • The Lab, San Francisco, CA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Light Work, Syracuse, NY, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY $120,000 (over 2 years)
  • M12, Broomfield, CO, $60,000 (over 2 years)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • New Orleans Film Society, New Orleans, LA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Oklahoma City, OK, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Participant Inc., New York, NY, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Performa, New York, NY, $100,000
  • Printed Matter, New York, NY $120,000 (over 2 years)
  • Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • The USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), Tampa, FL, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • The Velaslavasay Panorama, Los Angeles, CA, $60,000 (over 2 years)

ABOUT THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS: In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, the mission of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the advancement of the visual arts. The foundation manages an innovative and flexible grants program while also preserving Warhol’s legacy through creative and responsible licensing policies and extensive scholarly research for ongoing catalogue raisonné projects. To date, the foundation has given over $200 million in cash grants to over 1,000 arts organizations in 49 states and abroad and has donated 52,786 works of art to 322 institutions worldwide.

More information about the foundation is available at

Header Image: Gallery view of Urban Wild: Folk and Street Art in the South on view at Alabama Contemporary until October 26, 2019. Exhibition features the work of 38 artists, 6 site-specific installations and 3 satellite murals. Image features work by Michi Meko, Poppy Garcia, and Chad Burton Johnson. Courtesy Alabama Contemporary.