Oliver Lee Jackson Receives 2023 Lee Krasner Award in
Recognition of Lifetime of Artistic Achievement

Oliver Lee Jackson No. 1, 2020 (6.14.20), 2020


New York, NY – July 20, 2023 – Today the Pollock-Krasner Foundation announces it has awarded $2,657,400 to 93 artists and nonprofit organizations during its July 2022-June 2023 grant cycle, providing essential support to U.S.-based and international artists. From Austin, Texas to New York City, and from Argentina to India, the latest grant and award recipients comprise artists from 14 states and territories and 15 countries. The Foundation’s Lee Krasner Award, given in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement, is awarded to Oliver Lee Jackson. Jackson is a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and draftsman who is recognized for his innovative multi-disciplinary practice over the last six decades.

Since the Foundation was established in 1985, it has awarded more than 5,000 grants totaling over $87 million in 79 countries. Providing funding to professional artists around the globe, the grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation support artists in creating new work and advancing their practice. The Foundation continues to accept applications year-round for its individual grant program; for more information or to apply, please visit www.pkf.org.

“Through Lee Krasner’s commitment to supporting the generations of visual artists who would come after her, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has provided funding to artists for nearly four decades,” said Ronald D. Spencer, Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. “Krasner understood firsthand the critical importance of support in an artist’s career, and we are proud to continue her legacy of generosity.”

This year’s Lee Krasner Award recipient, Oliver Lee Jackson, joins a group of distinguished awardees recognized by the Foundation since 1991 for their important contributions to the arts. Jackson has served as an instructor, lecturer, and professor of art, philosophy, and Pan-African studies at St. Louis Community College, Southern Illinois University, Washington University in St. Louis, Oberlin College, and California State University, Sacramento. With work grounded in figuration that exists within a dynamic field that straddles realistic depiction and abstraction, Jackson incorporates a wide range of influences in his works, from music, dance, renaissance paintings, and African art.

“In honor of Lee Krasner’s lifetime dedication to her craft, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation presents the Lee Krasner Award to Oliver Lee Jackson for his remarkable body of work and his outstanding contributions to the arts,” said Caroline Black, Executive Director of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. “We are so pleased to recognize Jackson’s innovative experimentation in his practice, his deep commitment to community engagement, his teaching, and his leadership in the arts community with this award for a lifetime of outstanding achievement.”

Funds from the Lee Krasner Award are given to recipients in three installments. Previous Lee Krasner Award recipients Josely Carvalho, Rita McBride, and Cheryl Ann Thomas received additional installments of their award during the 2022-2023 cycle. Announced earlier this year, visual artist Shahzia Sikander received the Pollock Prize for Creativity in support of her multimedia exhibition Havah…to breathe, air, life which was presented this spring at Madison Square Park in New York before travelling to Houston, Texas in June 2023. This year, the Brooklyn-based artist María Elena González received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and was awarded The Brian Wall Foundation Grant for Sculptors. The $25,000 prize recognizes an exceptional sculptor and is awarded by The Brian Wall Foundation and administered by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

To support cultural institutions that engage directly with artists, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation awarded grants to thirteen organizations this year, including: ArtTable in New York, NY for its Artist Talk Series; Buffalo AKG Art Museum in Buffalo, NY in support of PKF Grantee Stanley Whitney’s retrospective monograph; Villa Bergerie in Laguarres, Spain for residency program expenses; and Wave Hill in Bronx, NY for artist residency and exhibition expenses. Over the past year, a number of Pollock-Krasner Foundation supported projects have come to fruition, including the exhibition Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940-70 at Whitechapel Gallery in London, which featured Lee Krasner’s work.


Pollock-Krasner Foundation 2022-23 Artist Grantees:

  • Isabel Aguera, Montreuil, France
  • Ian Andrews, Birmingham, England
  • Miguel Arzabe, Oakland, CA
  • Rogelio Báez Vega, San Juan, PR
  • Joan Bankemper, New York, NY
  • Yevgeniya Baras, Long Island City, NY
  • Jagoda Bednarsky, Berlin, Germany
  • Anna-Sophie Berger, Brooklyn, NY
  • Laura Bielau, Berlin, Germany
  • Vicente Blanco, Lugo, Spain
  • Renée Bouchard, Bennington, VT
  • Sarah Cale, Brussels, Belgium
  • Josely Carvalho, Hoboken, NJ
  • Sydney Cash, Marlboro, NY
  • Sofía Clausse, London, England
  • Armen Daneghyan, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Josh Dorman, New York, NY
  • Ben Durham, Richmond, VA
  • Karina El Azem, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Rehab El Sadek, Austin, TX
  • Sarah Faux, Brooklyn, NY
  • Alanna Fields, Upper Marlboro, MD
  • Avram Finkelstein, Brooklyn, NY
  • Emanuela Fiorelli, Rome, Italy
  • Linda Fleming, Benicia, CA
  • Farima Fooladi, Spring, TX
  • Bernhard Fuchs, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Bastian Gehbauer, Berlin, Germany
  • Ina Gerken, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Nicola Ginzel, Brooklyn, NY
  • María Elena González, Brooklyn, NY
  • Jesús Hdez-Güero, Madrid, Spain
  • Alex Heilbron, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mary Henderson, Philadelphia, PA
  • Hong Hong, Beverly, MA
  • Patricia Hurl, Roscrea, Ireland
  • Oliver Lee Jackson, Oakland, CA
  • Bethany Johnson, Austin, TX
  • Yongjae Kim, Brooklyn, NY
  • Felix Kultau, Berlin, Germany
  • Elvira Lantenhammer, Triefenstein, Germany
  • Georges Le Chevallier, Garner, NC
  • Kakyoung Lee, Brooklyn, NY
  • Miguel Ángel Madrigal, Morelos, Mexico
  • Junko Maruyama, Yokosuka, Japan
  • Christina Massey, Brooklyn, NY
  • Miroslaw Maszlanko, Rychliki, Poland
  • Rita McBride, Los Alamos, CA
  • Gideon Mendel, London, England
  • Jeffrey Meris, New York, NY
  • Mark Milroy, Brooklyn, NY
  • Nicholas Moenich, Brooklyn, NY
  • Bidemi Oloyede, Toronto, Canada
  • Ingrid Olson, Chicago, IL
  • Steve Parker, Austin, TX
  • Aviva Rahmani, Vinalhaven, ME
  • Rachel Rotenberg, Tekoa, Israel
  • Jayanta Roy, Kolkata, India
  • Frauke Schlitz, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Davide Sgambaro, Turin, Italy
  • Dee Shapiro, Great Neck, NY
  • Shahzia Sikander, New York, NY
  • Cary Smith, Farmington, CT
  • Tracey Snelling, Berlin, Germany
  • Cammie Staros, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kazumi Tanaka, Beacon, NY
  • Yukiko Terada, Berlin, Germany
  • Cheryl Ann Thomas, Ventura, CA
  • Francine Tint, New York, NY
  • Sara VanDerBeek, Brooklyn, NY
  • Madhu Venugopalan, Ernakulam, India
  • Patrick Waterhouse, London, England
  • Chuck Webster, Ridgewood, NY
  • Birgitta Weimer, Gummersbach, Germany
  • Ellen Wetmore, Groton, MA
  • Richard C. Whitten, Cranston, RI
  • Kevin Wixted, New York, NY
  • Ralf Ziervogel, New York, NY
  • Matthias Zinn, Berlin, Germany


Pollock-Krasner Foundation, 2022-23 Organization Grantees:

  • ArtTable, New York, NY; support for its Artist Talk Series
  • Artadia, Brooklyn, NY; funding for artist award grant
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY: support for Artist in Marketplace Program
  • Buffalo AKG Art Museum, Buffalo, NY: support for PKF Grantee Stanley Whitney Retrospective monograph support
  • Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Provincetown, MA; residency program support
  • MacDowell, New York, NY; support for its residency program
  • New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY; funding for online resources for artists
  • SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY: funding for In Practice Program
  • The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, NY: funding for program support
  • Villa Bergerie, Laguarres, Spain; funding for residency program
  • Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; support for its artist residency and exhibition program
  • Whitechapel Gallery, London, England: funding for Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940-70 exhibition
  • Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; residency program funding



For nearly four decades, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has supported working artists and cultural organizations internationally. Established in 1985 through the generosity of Lee Krasner, one of the foremost abstract expressionist painters of the 20th century, the Foundation is a leader in providing resources to emerging and established artists. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 5,000 grants totaling over $87 million in 79 countries. The Foundation continues to accept applications for its individual grant program year-round; for more information, including guidelines for grant applications, visit the Foundation’s website: www.pkf.org.


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