lynneyamamotoLynne Yamamoto, associate professor of art, recently received a Painters and Sculptors Grant in the amount of $25,000 from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in April 1993 as a not-for-profit corporation following the death of artist Joan Mitchell in October 1992. The Foundation strives to fulfill the ambitions of Joan Mitchell to assist the needs of contemporary artists and to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities.

The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to assist individual artists. The grants are given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality.

The Foundation selected nominators nationwide dedicated to supporting artists who are under-recognized for their artistic achievements and whose career would benefit from the grant. The candidates’ images were viewed for consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel, which convened in November at the office of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and arts educators.

Additional programs undertaken by the Foundation include free art classes for New York City youth, grants to MFA graduates to aid in their transition from academic to professional studio work, and grants to artists and arts communities in need of emergency support after a disaster.