Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), a non-profit organization founded in 1963 by the artists John Cage (1912-1992) and Jasper Johns, is pleased to announce nineteen $40,000 unrestricted grants to individual artists, including seven awards named for artists associated with FCA’s history. True to FCA’s founding mission, support for these awards stems from a community of artists and the individuals and foundations that support them.
Image: Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), image courtesy to Artmap
Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), a non-profit organization founded in 1963 by the artists John Cage (1912-1992) and Jasper Johns, is pleased to announce nineteen $40,000 unrestricted grants to individual artists, including seven awards named for artists associated with FCA’s history. True to FCA’s founding mission, support for these awards stems from a community of artists and the individuals and foundations that support them. This unique “artists for artists” model additionally provides grantees with meaningful peer recognition and encouragement.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), image courtesy to Artmap
GRANTS TO ARTISTS AWARDS – Eighteen Awards of $40,000 each
Milka Djordjevich, Los Angeles, CA
Marjani Forté-Saunders, Pasadena, CA
NIC Kay, Bronx, NY / THE DOROTHEA TANNING AWARD jumatatu m. poe, Philadelphia, PA
Ngọc Đại, Hanoi, Vietnam
Carmina Escobar, Los Angeles, CA Sean Meehan, New York, NY Julianne Swartz, Kingston, NY Marshall Trammell, Albuquerque, NM
Suzanne Bocanegra, New York, NY / THE ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG AWARDJonathan González, Brooklyn, NY
Andrew Schneider, Brooklyn, NY / This award is supported by the FCA Friends
Kerstin Brätsch, New York, NY / THE HELEN FRANKENTHALER AWARD FOR PAINTINGBrad Kahlhamer, New York, NY
Frederick Weston, New York, NY / THE ROY LICHTENSTEIN AWARD
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, New York, NY / THE C.D. WRIGHT AWARD FOR POETRYJulian Talamantez Brolaski, Goleta, CA / THE CY TWOMBLY AWARD FOR POETRYIndran Amirthanayagam, Rockville, MD
THE JOHN CAGE AWARD - $40,000
Meredith Monk, New York, NY
“The Foundation for Contemporary Arts plays a vital role in the arts ecosystem, providing artists with unrestricted financial assistance, and supporting experimental work that may not otherwise find funding,” said Cecily Brown, a Director of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. “It is a privilege to recognize this year’s grantees—who are at various and pivotal stages in their careers, and range in age from their 20s to their 70s.”
Established in 1993, GRANTS TO ARTISTS awards provide significant, unrestricted assistance to individual performing and visual artists, and poets. Recipients are chosen annually through a confidential two-part nomination and selection process. Six awards named for artists who have been associated with FCA over the years are made through the Grants to Artists program, including the newly inaugurated Helen Frankenthaler Award for Painting, which joins the Roy Lichtenstein Award, Robert Rauschenberg Award, Dorothea Tanning Award, Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, and C.D. Wright Award for Poetry. Detailed descriptions of these awards are available on FCA’s website.
THE JOHN CAGE AWARD was established in 1992 by the Foundation’s Board in memory of the late composer, one of FCA’s founders and a Director of the organization until his death. This unrestricted $40,000 cash award is made biennially in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts. Selections are made from invited nominations.
The recipients were selected by the Directors of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Cecily Brown, Anne Collier, Anthony B. Creamer III, Anne Dias, Jasper Johns, Jennie C. Jones, Julian Lethbridge, Dean Moss, Emily Wei Rales, and James Welling. The Directors were joined in this year’s grant selection process by the following panelists: art historian and author Bettina Funcke; musician Jenny Lin; Curator at The Kitchen Matthew Lyons; and playwright, director, and New York City Players Artistic Director Richard Maxwell. Advising the selection committee on the Poetry category were poet and writer David Henderson and poet Ann Lauterbach.
For the third year, one Grants to Artists award is underwritten by the membership dues of the FCA FRIENDS, a group that began in 2017 and is comprised of forty serious and thoughtful arts patrons. In 2020 the FCA Friends will support Andrew Schneider.
FCA will publish a booklet profiling the 2020 grantees in March. Artist statements, biographies, work samples, and other information about the 2020 grantees are available on FCA’s website. High-resolution images and additional information are available upon request.
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