April 16, 2018

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. awards the second Pollock Prize for Creativity to Amy Sherald.

NEW YORK, NY, April 16, 2018— Kerrie Buitrago, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, today announced that Amy Sherald is the recipient of the second Pollock Prize for Creativity, honoring an outstanding artist whose work embodies high creative standards and exemplifies the impact of art on individuals and society. The Pollock Prize carries a cash award of $50,000.

Sherald hails from Baltimore. Her portraiture is a compelling commentary on race and heritage; the work is subtle in its innuendo, yet the subject’s gaze is always very direct, creating a dynamic tension on the canvas. Sherald is the first African American to receive first prize in 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition from the National Gallery, where her portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama was unveiled earlier this year.

The Pollock Prize is an extension of the existing Lee Krasner Award, given to an older artist in recognition of a lifetime of achievement. The Pollock Prize, by contrast, will lend support to outstanding artists who may be in mid-career, and whose ongoing work has a social and cultural dimension. The Prize will be awarded to an artist working in one of the disciplines the Pollock-Krasner Foundation supports—painting, sculpture, works on paper and printmaking, or photography. As with the Lee Krasner Award, there is no application for the Pollock Prize, which is given by a Foundation jury based on the recommendations of a network of nominators.

Amy Sherald said, “I am honored to receive this year’s Pollock Prize for Creativity. Jackson Pollock’s radical disruption of the two-dimensional picture plane to energize abstract forms has resonated greatly in my own journey to examine and elaborate art historical conventions. My paintings seek to reshape critical and cultural dialogues around representations of black experiences in portraiture and other modes of visual imagination. Depicting black people engaged and present in contemporary, everyday life, I partake in the slow and intensive tradition of American realist painting. I am profoundly grateful to the Pollock-Krasner Foundation for supporting this work and for providing me with the resources to continue sharing American stories otherwise removed from the dominant, canonical narratives.”

Kerrie Buitrago noted, “It is exciting to encounter an artist like Amy Sherald who is able to convey in a beautiful and meaningful way the important historical narrative of black heritage. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation is delighted to be able to make this award and to recognize Amy Sherald’s groundbreaking achievement in conceptual portraiture.”

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. was established in 1985 through the generosity of the late Lee Krasner, one of the leading abstraction expressionist painters and the widow of Jackson Pollock. Based in New York but operating internationally, the Foundation through its grants has enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as meet their personal and medical expenses. Recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants have acknowledged their critical impact in allowing concentrated time to work in the studio and prepare for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as residencies. The Foundation has awarded more than 4,400 grants to date in 77 countries, for a total of more than $71 million.

To provide additional support, the Foundation maintains an up to date and comprehensive Grantee Image Collection representing the work of artists who have received grants since inception. Each artist is requested to give the Foundation permission to post two images of works from the year of his or her grant and also has the option of adding to this number with later works. The database also provides contact information for each artist.

For more information, including guidelines for grant applications, the public may visit the Foundation’s website at www.pkf.org.

PRESS CONTACT:
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The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
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Image credit: Amy Sherald, They Call Me Redbone But I’d Rather Be Strawberry Shortcake, oil on canvas, 54 x 43 inches.


March 29, 2018

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. announces the appointment of Ronald D. Spencer as its Chairman and CEO.

 

New York, NY – It was announced by Kerrie Buitrago, Chief Operating Officer of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, that Ronald D. Spencer, attorney at the law firm of Carter, Ledyard and Milburn will succeed Charles C. Bergman as Chairman and CEO of the Foundation. “Mr. Spencer is a distinguished lawyer whose career demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge and experience in advising artist and collector established foundations, “ said Ms. Buitrago. “We have worked with Mr. Spencer over many years and are delighted to welcome him as our Chairman and CEO. I know first-hand how much the Foundation will benefit under his stewardship.” Samuel Sachs II, Board President noted “Long associated with both his predecessor and this foundation, Mr. Spencer brings a wealth of knowledge which will greatly enhance our future.”

Mr. Spencer is Chairman of the Art Law Group at the law firm of Carter Ledyard & Milburn in New York City and as author of The Expert Versus The Object: Judging Fakes and False Attributions in the Visual Arts has demonstrated expertise in the legal aspects of art authentication issues. He is the Editor of Spencer’s Art Law Journal, published on Artnet and The Art Newspaper, dealing with legal issues of practical significance for collectors, dealers, scholars and the art-minded public.

Mr. Spencer is a Trustee of the Lachaise Foundation. He is founder and Chairman of the Fund for Park Avenue which landscapes the Park Avenue Malls from 53rd Street to 86th Street in Manhattan. He is also a member of the Sculpture committee of the Fund which selects contemporary sculpture for exhibition on Park Avenue. Mr. Spencer is legal counsel to numerous artist and collector-established foundations.

“It has been a great privilege to serve as legal counsel to The Pollock-Krasner Foundation since its establishment.  Now, under my leadership, I look forward to continuing the tradition established by my friend and predecessor, Charles C. Bergman. Lee Krasner’s will states that the mandate of the Foundation is to aid ‘worthy and needy’ visual artists, and I will do my utmost to carry out her wishes,” stated Mr. Spencer.

ABOUT THE POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. was established in 1985 for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to individual working artists of established ability through the generosity of the late Lee Krasner, one of the leading abstract painters and the widow of Jackson Pollock. To date, the Foundation has given 4,414 grants totaling over $71 million to artists in 77 countries.


February 28, 2018

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. mourns the loss of its Chairman and CEO, Charles C. Bergman (1933-2018)

Charles C. Bergman (1933-2018)

photo courtesy of Joe Fornabaio

NEW YORK, NY, February 27, 2018- The Pollock-Krasner Foundation mourns the loss of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charles C. Bergman, who organized the Foundation at its inception and guided it for more than three decades with great wisdom and generosity.

Born in 1933 and raised in Boston, Baltimore and Pittsburgh, Mr. Bergman graduated from Harvard in 1954 and dedicated the early part of his career to the field of mental health. After serving as a Vice President of the People to People Health Foundation (Project HOPE), he became a special advisor in mental health under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter. Beginning in the early 1970s he was the head of the largest psychotherapy training program in the United States, the Institutes of Religion and Health, which he formed by merging the Academy of Religion and Mental Health with the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry.

In 1984, at the request of Lee Krasner’s attorney, Gerald Dickler, Mr. Bergman agreed to serve as a consultant on forming a charitable foundation, to be established with the assets of the estates of Ms. Krasner and her husband Jackson Pollock. When the foundation was granted legal approval in April 1985, he became Executive Vice President of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, serving at first with President Eugene V. Thaw (co-trustee of Lee Krasner’s estate). He soon assumed the role of Chairman and CEO and was joined by Kerrie Buitrago as Executive Vice President, and upon Mr. Thaw’s retirement as President worked closely with his successor, Samuel Sachs II.

It was largely because of Mr. Bergman’s insight that the Pollock-Krasner Foundation defined its mission as providing cash grants to worthy individual artists in need, in the United States and around the world. Under Mr. Bergman’s leadership, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation awarded more than 4,400 grants totaling more than $71 million to artists in 77 countries. Mr. Bergman took special pleasure in personally informing each grantee of his or her award.

In addition to his many years of service at the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Mr. Bergman served on the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission of New York City, the Overseers’ Committee of the Harvard University Art Museums and the New York State Council on the Arts and was Vice President of the Inter-American Foundation for the Arts. He served on the boards of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the National Young Arts Foundation, the Children’s Radio Foundation, the sculpture committee of the Fund for Park Avenue, the New York Foundation for the Arts Leadership Council, and the philanthropy committee of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, among many others.

Mr. Bergman is survived by his spouse Stuart Levy, whom he married in 2015.


February 20, 2018

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation mourns the loss of its President Emeritus, Eugene V. Thaw (1927-2018).

Eugene V. Thaw (1927-2018)

NEW YORK, NY, February 20, 2018 – All at the Pollock-Krasner Foundation warmly remember our founding Board President, Eugene V. Thaw, who passed away in January of this year. Not only was Gene a legendary dealer, an ultimate connoisseur and exceedingly generous philanthropist, he was Lee Krasner’s art advisor and thereby instrumental in establishing this Foundation, which has benefitted thousands of artists worldwide. In the early days of the Foundation, Thaw had the extraordinary responsibility of overseeing the sales of the works by Pollock and Krasner held in Lee’s estate. The proceeds became our endowment which has enabled the Foundation, since inception in 1985, to impact thousands of artists internationally. His scholarly work has also had enormous impact on the Foundation through his collaboration with Francis V. O’Connor on the Jackson Pollock catalogue raisonné, published by Yale in 1978, which remains the definitive and authoritative Pollock compilation.

We have lost one of our founders, an eminently respected true friend, whose legacy will endure.


February 1, 2018

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation announces the loss of Francis V. O’Connor (1937– 2017), the distinguished scholar of Jackson Pollock.

Francis Valentine O’Connor, Ph.D. (1937-2017)

NEW YORK, NY, February 1, 2018 – The foremost scholar of Jackson Pollock and a pioneer in the study of the New Deal art projects died suddenly at his home in Manhattan on November 20.

Francis broke new scholarly ground with his 1965 doctoral dissertation on Pollock. That research resulted in his chronology for the catalog of MoMA’s 1967 Pollock retrospective, and his subsequent collaboration with Eugene V. Thaw on the compilation of the authoritative fourvolume Pollock catalogue raisonné, published by Yale in 1978, with a 1995 supplement by Francis alone. He was a distinguished member of the Pollock authentication board during Lee Krasner’s lifetime and after her death until it was dissolved, and was outspoken in his insistence on the importance of connoisseurship in the authentication process.

His work on Pollock led to his study of the New Deal federal art patronage programs, on which Pollock, Krasner, and many of their contemporaries worked throughout the Great Depression. He authored three books on the subject, as well as essays and exhibition catalogs on New Deal art. This stimulated further research into the history of mural art in America, which he published in 201 1 as a Web site-described by one reviewer as “the result of thirty years of passionate and meticulous study.”

Francis was also a poet, having originally majored in English at Manhattan College and creative writing at Johns Hopkins. A group of twelve of his sonnets on abstract expressionist painters was published in the Art Journal in 1988, and three of his poems were included in the 2000 anthology, Such Desperate Joy: Imagining Jackson Pollock.

The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center is planning a memorial tribute to celebrate Francis’s legacy of scholarship, integrity, and creativity.


November 2, 2016

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Selects Paul Kasmin Gallery to Represent the Works of Lee Krasner

First Krasner Exhibition Planned at Paul Kasmin Gallery for Autumn 2017

NEW YORK, NY, November 2, 2016 – Charles C. Bergman, Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, today announced the selection of Paul Kasmin Gallery to represent its holdings of artworks by its founder, Lee Krasner (1908-1984). Established in 1985 through the generous bequest of Krasner, one of the leading Abstract Expressionist painters and the widow of Jackson Pollock, the Foundation is the successor to the estates of both artists. It was formed for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance, whether professional or personal, to individual visual artists of recognized merit.

Samuel Sachs II, President of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, said, “The reputation of Paul Kasmin Gallery and its worldwide following give us great hope for the continuing and increasing recognition of Lee Krasner’s artistic achievements. We are delighted that her work will be represented with the outstanding professionalism for which Paul Kasmin Gallery is known.”

Paul Kasmin said, “Lee Krasner is frequently overlooked but remains one of the great artists of the 20th century. I have held both Lee Krasner and the Pollock- Krasner Foundation in the highest esteem for many years. It is incredibly exciting for the gallery to begin this collaboration.” Paul Kasmin Gallery will present its first Lee Krasner exhibition in autumn 2017.

Founded in SoHo in 1989, Paul Kasmin Gallery now maintains three locations in Chelsea and participates each year in numerous international art fairs. The gallery’s program currently includes representation of the estates of Constantin Brâncuși, William N. Copley, Max Ernst, Simon Hantaï and Robert Motherwell, among others.

Born in Brooklyn in 1908, Lee Krasner studied at the Women’s Art School of Cooper Union, the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League and in 1937 began taking classes with Hans Hofmann. Through membership in the American Abstract Artists group she met many of the painters who would eventually become known as Abstract Expressionists, but she did not encounter Jackson Pollock until 1942, when they both exhibited works at McMillen Gallery. In 1945, she and Pollock married. They worked in separate studios of the farmhouse they shared outside Easthampton until Pollock’s death.

Shortly after Krasner’s death in 1984, The Museum of Modern Art presented a major retrospective of her work, which has also been the subject of major traveling exhibitions. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The literature on her includes a full-length biography by art historian Gail Levin, published in 2012. Her papers are held by the Archives of American Art.

About the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Based in New York but operating internationally, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation to date has made more than 4,100 grants to individual artists in 77 countries, for a total of more than $65 million. Through these grants, the Foundation has enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as meet their personal and medical expenses. Recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants have acknowledged their critical impact in allowing concentrated time to work in the studio and prepare for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as residencies. To provide additional support, the Foundation maintains an up-to-date and comprehensive Grantee Image Collection representing the work of artists who have received grants since inception. Other initiatives of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation have included taking a leadership role (along with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts) in supporting the groundbreaking report by the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-Endowed Foundations. For more information, including guidelines for grant applications, the public may visit the Foundation’s website at www.pkf.org

Image: Lee Krasner in Hans Hoffman’s studio, early 1940s. Photo: Robert E. Mates and Paul Katz. Lee Krasner artwork © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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March 16, 2016

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Establishes the Annual Pollock Prize for Creativity

South African Photographer Gideon Mendel Is First Recipient

Gideon Mendel, Chinita and Samundri Davi. Salempur Village near Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, August 2007.Lightjet C type photographic print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper, 100 x 100 cm

NEW YORK, NY, March 16, 2016 – Charles C. Bergman, chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, today announced the establishment of a new award, the Pollock Prize for Creativity, honoring an outstanding artist whose work embodies high creative standards and exemplifies the impact of art on individuals and society. Given on a yearly basis, the Pollock Prize carries a cash award of $50,000 and the recognition of the organization safeguarding the artistic legacies of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.

The recipient of the inaugural Pollock Prize for Creativity is photographer Gideon Mendel. Born in Johannesburg in 1959, Mendel first came to prominence as a “struggle photographer” during the final years of apartheid. After moving to London in the early 1990s, he expanded the range of his subject matter to include the lives of people with HIV/AIDS in Africa and elsewhere (A Broken Landscape; Framing AIDS) and the effects of climate change (Drowning World). In his ongoing project Through Positive Eyes, he has served not as a photographer but an enabler, handing the camera to people living with HIV so they can show their own reality. His work has been exhibited in numerous gallery and museum shows (including the ICP Triennial in New York) and published in magazines including National Geographic, Rolling Stone, L’Express, Stern, The Sunday Times Magazine and The Guardian Weekend Magazine. Among the honors he has previously received are the Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography and the Amnesty International Media Award for Photojournalism. The exhibition Drowning World: Gideon Mendel will be presented May 13 – October 16, 2016, at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. He is represented by Axis Gallery in New York.

“As the Pollock-Krasner Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary, we are proud to expand on our record of service by inaugurating the Pollock Prize for Creativity,” Charles Bergman stated. “It is a natural extension of our mission to provide financial assistance to individual artists of established ability, which we have done by making more than 4,100 grants to date in 77 countries, for a total of more than $65 million.”

The new prize is an extension of the existing Lee Krasner Award, given to an older artist in recognition of a lifetime of achievement. The Pollock Prize, by contrast, will lend support to outstanding artists who may be in mid-career, and whose ongoing work has a social and cultural dimension. The Prize will be awarded to an artist working in one of the disciplines the Pollock-Krasner Foundation supports—painting, sculpture, works on paper and printmaking, or photography. As with the Lee Krasner Award, there is no application for the Pollock Prize, which is given by a Foundation jury based on the recommendations of a network of nominators.

Charles Bergman said, “I am deeply grateful to our president Samuel Sachs II, our executive vice president Kerrie Buitrago and our program director Caroline Black for developing this new initiative, which carries forward the Foundation’s mission.”

Gideon Mendel said, “It’s a huge honor to receive this award named after Jackson Pollock, an artist I’ve always loved for his freedom in breaking barriers. Because my own work increasingly straddles the border between art, documentation and activism, it’s all the more important to me that the prize is given not for photography but for creativity in general. For the past nine years, the Drowning World project has been an all-consuming labor of love—an incredibly complex and expensive labor. I am deeply grateful to the Pollock-Krasner Foundation for recognizing the project through this prize, which will help me immeasurably in bringing Drowning World to completion.”

The Foundation’s President, Samuel Sachs II, said, “I congratulate Gideon Mendel, who creates powerful images and uses his art to raise awareness of critical issues and encourage change. It is with appreciation that we confer on him the first Pollock Prize for Creativity.”

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. was established in 1985 through the generosity of the late Lee Krasner, one of the leading abstraction expressionist painters and the widow of Jackson Pollock. Based in New York but operating internationally, the Foundation through its grants has enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as meet their personal and medical expenses. Recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants have acknowledged their critical impact in allowing concentrated time to work in the studio and prepare for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as residencies.

To provide additional support, the Foundation maintains an up to date and comprehensive Grantee Image Collection representing the work of artists who have received grants since inception. Each artist is requested to give the Foundation permission to post two images of works from the year of his or her grant and also has the option of adding to this number with later works. The database also provides contact information for each artist.

Other initiatives of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation have included taking a leadership role (along with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts) in supporting the groundbreaking report by the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-Endowed Foundations.

For more information, including guidelines for grant applications, the public may visit the Foundation’s website at www.pkf.org.

Image credit: Gideon Mendel, Jeff and Tracey Waters, Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, UK (February 2014), 122 by 122 cm, Lightjet C Type photographic print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper

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December 3, 2015

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. announces 118 grants totaling $2,616,000 to visual artists internationally in fiscal year 2014-2015.

NEW YORK, NY, December 3, 2015 – Now entering its thirty-first year of grant making, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. has reaffirmed its mission of supporting individual visual artists worldwide. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce 118 grants totaling $2,616,000 were awarded to visual artists and organizations internationally in fiscal year 2014-2015. A list of artists awarded grants in fiscal year 2014-2015 follows. These grants support the artists’ personal and/or professional expenses for one year. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has awarded over 65 million dollars to artists in 77 countries.

Pollock-Krasner grants have enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as their personal and medical expenses. Past recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants acknowledge their critical impact in allowing concentrated time for studio work, and in preparing for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as accepting a residency.

Grants are awarded to professional visual artists internationally, based on dual criteria of artistic merit and financial need. Painters, sculptors, printmakers and artists who work on paper are eligible to apply. Artists interested in applying should visit our website at www.pkf.org to view and complete our online application.

We would like to welcome you to visit our Grantee Image Collection available through our website, www.pkf.org. The Collection is an ongoing effort to illustrate our grantees’ work and contact information. We hope that you enjoy reviewing our history.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation was established in 1985 to assist individual working artists of merit with financial need through the generosity of Lee Krasner (1908-1984), a leading abstract expressionist painter and widow of Jackson Pollock.

The following artists were awarded Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants from Fiscal Year July 2014 through June 2015:

 

Samira Abbassy, New York, NY Ana B. Hernandez, Philadelphia, PA
Tracey Adams, Carmel, CA Jesse Hickman, Northport, MI
Seongmin Ahn, Brooklyn, NY Mildred Howard, Berkeley, CA
Elke Albrecht, Eisenach, Germany Robert Hudson, Cotati, CA
Steven Alexander, West Abington, PA Manabu Ikeda, Madison, WI
Sonia Almeida, Arlington, MA Hisae Ikenaga, Thionville, France
Gregory Bae, Chicago, IL Patrick Jackson, Los Angeles, CA
Ronald Baron, Brooklyn, NY Kahn and Selesnick, Ghent, NY
Leszek Bartkiewicz, Lodz, Poland Yukari Kaihori, Wellington, New Zealand
Monica Bengoa, Santiago, Chile Adam Kalinowski, Poznan, Poland
Amy Bennett, Cold Spring, NY Carol Keller, Shutebury, MA
Eva Berendes, Berlin, Germany Caroline Kent, St. Paul, MN
Mariella Bisson, Woodstock, NY Selena Kimball, Brooklyn, NY
Barbara Bosworth, Stow, MA Stas Korolov, Akko, Israel
Tony Briffa, Svendborg, Denmark Eva Koves, Budapest, Hungary
Kevin Briggs, Soldotna, AK Rima Kundu, Bolpur, India
Maggi Brown, Cambridge, MA Ellen Lesperance, Portland, OR
Peter Burns, Westport, Ireland Florencia Levy, Buenos Aires, Argentina
James F. L. Carroll, Kutztown, PA Anirban Mitra, Hooghly, India
Michelle Charles, London, UK Anne Neukamp, Berlin, Germany
Louisa Chase, East Hampton, NY Mai-Thanh Thi Nguyen, Hue, Vietnam
Catalina Chervin, Buenos Aires, Argentina Chris Oliveria, Los Angeles, CA
Bethany Collins, Atlanta, GA Deborah Oropallo, Berkeley, CA
Virginia Colwell, Richmond, VA Christine Osinski, Ridgefield, CT
Nancy Davidson, New York, NY Gary Panter, Brooklyn, NY
Tamara de Laval, Malm? , Sweden K.K. Pushpakaran, Thrissur, India
William Dennisuk, Imatra, Finland Raha Raissnia, Brooklyn, NY
Claudia Desgranges, K?ln, Germany Shelley Reed, Brookline, MA
diSTRUKTURA, Belgrade, Serbia Valerie Roybal, Albuquerque, NM
Natasha Doyon, Quebec, Canada Ajean Ryan, Fort Collins, CO
Jenny Dubnau, Jackson Heights, NY Scott Sandell, Sag Harbor, NY
Jess T Dugan, St. Louis, MO James Sansing, San Rafael, CA
Natalie Dunham, Miami, FL Helen Schell, Sunderland, England
Natalie Edgar, New York, NY Bill Schuck, Brooklyn, NY
Donald Elder, Saugerties, NY David Seccombe, New York, NY
Eric Erickson, Garrison, NY Ward Shelley, Easton, CT
Tamar Ettun, Brooklyn, NY Andrew Smaldone, Florence, Italy
Anne Ferrer, Paris, France Manuel Soliven, Marikina, Philippines
Silvio Fischbein, Buenos Aires, Argentina Brea Souders, Brooklyn, NY
Trey Friedman, Sharon, CT Kirsten Stolle, Marshall, NC
Sonia Gechtoff, New York, NY Naoe Suzuki, Waltham, MA
Dagmara Genda, Guelph, Canada Takahiro Suzuki, Hyogo, Japan
Wojciech Gilewicz, Arverne, NY Larry Thomas, Fort Bragg, CA
Eunice Golden, New York, NY Ann Toebbe, Chicago, IL
Bhuvanesh Gowda, Vadodara, India Marcelo Torretta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Owen Gray, New York, NY Gordana Vrencoska, Skopje, Macedonia
Kojo Griffin, Atlanta, GA Crystal Wagner, Harrisburg, PA
Calvin Grimm, Shady, NY Elise Wagner, Portland, OR
Tyree Guyton, Detroit, MI George Wardlaw, Amherst, MA
Karl Haendel, Los Angeles, CA Amy Weiskopf, Brooklyn, NY
Nigel Helyer, Rushcutters Bay, Australia Jack Youngerman, Bridgehampton, NY

In addition to the individuals listed, the following organizations received grants in Fiscal Year July 2014 through June 2015:

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

Aspen Institute, Washington DC

Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

International Foundation for Art Research, New York, NY

International Studio and Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

MacDowell Colony, New York, NY

New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY for NYFA Source

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY

Stony Brook Foundation of SUNY at Stony Brook for The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY


March 25, 2015

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. announces Charles C. Bergman will be honored at the 2015 CITYarts Gala.

NEW YORK, NY, March 26, 2015 – The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. announces that Charles C. Bergman, Chairman and CEO, will be honored at CITYarts’ 47th Anniversary Gala: “Making a Difference Through the Arts”.Stephanie French, a pioneering corporate philanthropist and leader in the arts will also be honored at the gala. The event will be held on May 19, 2015 at Windows on the Hudson New York City ALLIANZ Building, 1633 Broadway.

The Foundation is also pleased to announce that Christy MacLear, Executive Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, will present Mr. Bergman with the artistic award created especially for him by one of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s earliest grant recipients, Petah Coyne. Ms. Coyne received her grant from the Foundation in the early stage of her career in 1987.

Under Mr. Bergman’s leadership over the past 30 years, over 4,000 grants totaling $62 million to artists in 76 countries have been awarded. Among many other philanthropic involvements, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and the Children’s Radio Foundation. He has been a Trustee of the Rubin Museum, Chairman of the Leadership Council for the New York Foundation for the Arts and has served on the New York State Council on the Arts as well as the New York City Cultural Commission. Most recently, he has joined the Philanthropy Committee of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation where he is actively engaged in giving advice on their grant making program.

CITYarts is an organization with a long rich history of supporting the arts and brings young people and professional artists together to create public art. Through this creative process, CITYarts empowers youth and connects children locally and around the world to become active participants in transforming communities.

For more information, please contact Tsipi Ben-Haim, Executive and Creative Director of CITYarts. www.cityarts.org (212) 966-0377.


August 5, 2014

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. announces 116 grants totaling $2,163,000 to visual artists internationally in fiscal year 2013-2014.

NEW YORK, NY, August 5, 2014 – Now entering its thirtieth year of grant making, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. has reaffirmed its mission of supporting individual visual artists worldwide. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce 116 grants totaling $2,163,000 were awarded to visual artists and organizations internationally in fiscal year 2013-2014. A list of artists awarded grants in fiscal year 2013-2014 follows. These grants support the artists’ personal and/or professional expenses for one year. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has awarded over 61 million dollars to artists in 76 countries.

Pollock-Krasner grants have enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as their personal and medical expenses. Past recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants acknowledge their critical impact in allowing concentrated time for studio work, and in preparing for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as accepting a residency.

Grants are awarded to professional visual artists internationally, based on dual criteria of artistic merit and financial need. Painters, sculptors, printmakers and artists who work on paper are eligible to apply. Artists interested in applying should visit our website at www.pkf.org to view and complete our online application.

We would like to welcome you to visit our Grantee Image Collection available through our website, www.pkf.org. The Collection is an ongoing effort to illustrate our grantees’ work and contact information. We hope that you enjoy reviewing our history.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation was established in 1985 to assist individual working artists of merit with financial need through the generosity of Lee Krasner (1908-1984), a leading abstract expressionist painter and widow of Jackson Pollock.

The following artists were awarded Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants from Fiscal Year July 2013 through June 2014:

 

Mac Adams Montclair, NJ
Golnar Adili Brooklyn, NY
Maria Aguilar Balsells Mixco, Guatemala
Shimon Attie New York, NY
Helene Aylon New York, NY
Steven Baris Havertown, PA
Joe Barnes New York, NY
Robert Bauer Little Compton, RI
Michael Beck Oakland, CA
John Beerman Hillsborough, NC
Zigi Ben-Haim New York, NY
Hemali Bhuta Mumbai, India
Josh Blackwell Brooklyn, NY
Are Blytt Oslo, Norway
Stefano Bonacci Perugia, Italy
Matt Brackett Jamaica Plain, MA
Eric Bransby Colorado Springs, CO
Judith Braun New York, NY
Virginia Randolph Bueide Bloomington, MN
Phong Bui Brooklyn, NY
Paramita Chakraborty Kolkata, India
Mi Young Cho Seoul, South Korea
Ray Ciarrocchi New York City, NY
James O. Clark Brooklyn, NY
Vicky Colombet New York, NY
Jaime de la Jara Madrid, Spain
Elaine Defibaugh New York, NY
Miren Doiz Madrid, Spain
Danielle Eubank Tujunga, CA
Larissa Fassler Berlin, Germany
Miloslav Fekar Kromioiz, Czech Republic
Carolina Ferrer Valencia, Spain
Jane Fine Brooklyn, NY
RM Fischer New York, NY
Dean Fleming Gardner, CO
Joe Fyfe Brooklyn, NY
Stephen Garan’anga Harare, Zimbabwe
Fernando Garcia Madrid, Spain
Jim Gaylord Brooklyn, NY
Sonia Gechtoff New York, NY
Cris Gianakos New York, NY
Colin Goldberg Orient, NY
Logan Grider Swarthmore, PA
Vanita Gupta Mumbai, India
Fred Gutzeit New York, NY
Grit Hachmeister Berlin, Germany
Deborah Hede Santa Monica, CA
Chris Hipkiss Panjas, France
AM Hoch Bologna, Italy
Cathy Horner Johnson City, TN
Hanna Humenyuk Lviv, Ukraine
Tom Judd Philadelphia, PA
Suparirk Kanitwaranun Bangkok, Thailand
Harry Kramer Lakeville, CT
Steven and William Ladd Brooklyn, NY
Curtis LaFollette Cherryfield, ME
Scooter LaForge New York, NY
Lindsey Landfried Greenville, PA
Liv Mette Larsen Brooklyn, NY
Silvia Lerin Valencia, Spain
Steve Locke Boston, MA
Maggie Madden Dublin, Ireland
Mai Yamashita+Naoto Kobayashi Berlin, Germany
Peter Malone Staten Island, NY
Timothy McDowell Noank, CT
Josiah McElheny Brooklyn, NY
Charles McGill Peekskill, NY
Jason Middlebrook Craryville, NY
Tomasz Milanowski Warsaw, Poland
Tracy Miller Brooklyn, NY
Toby Millman Hamtramck, MI
Mary Miss New York, NY
Anthony Mitri Chesterland, OH
Carlos Mojica Mexico City, Mexico
Juanma Moreno Seville, Spain
Armin Muhsam Maryville, MO
Hedy O’Beil New York, NY
Gillian Pederson-Krag Santa Cruz, CA
Angela Ramirez Santiago, Chile
Sarah Rapson Dorset, England
Peter Reginato New York City, NY
Doug Reina Stony Brook, NY
Shuli Sade New York, NY
Carolina Alejandra San Martin Buenos Aires, Argentina
David Scher New York, NY
Dread Scott Brooklyn, NY
Andreas Sell Nuremberg, Germany
Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair Vienna, Austria
M. Louise Stanley Emeryville, CA
Michael Stevenson Towson, MD
Shaan Syed London, England
Cheryl Ann Thomas Ventura, CA
Tabitha Vevers Wellfleet, MA
Dawn Williams Boyd Atlanta, GA
Mike Wright Provincetown, MA
Tamara Zahaykevich Brooklyn, NY


In addition to the individuals listed, the following organizations received grants in Fiscal Year July 2013 through June 2014:

Allupinit, New York, NY
ARTstor, New York, NY
Aspen Institute, Washington, DC
Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn, NY
Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO
Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, CA
International Foundation for Art Research, New York, NY
Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY
MacDowell Colony, New York, NY
National Center for Creative Aging Research Center for Arts and Culture, Washington, DC
New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY for NYFA Source
New York University, New York, NY
Stony Brook Foundation of SUNY at Stony Brook for The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY


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