Administered through FCA's Grants to Artists program, the Roy Lichtenstein Award will provide $40,000 to a working artist who is contributing to the creative arts in the same kind of wide-ranging and investigative spirit as Lichtenstein did. Established in 1993, the Grants to Artists program provides unrestricted cash awards to individual artists in any artistic discipline.
The award named for Lichtenstein is the sixth such prize established by FCA in recognition of individual artists, joining previous honorees John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, and Dorothea Tanning. "Roy was a part of the community of artists from which the Foundation for Contemporary Arts started in the 1960s," said Dorothy Lichtenstein, president of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. "It feels right to have the Roy Lichtenstein Award alongside his friends John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Ellsworth Kelly, and Robert Rauschenberg and the other artists who have been associated with FCA over the years."