The Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York City has announced that it awarded grants totaling $3.9 million to a hundred and twenty-five artists and twenty-five arts organizations during its 2017-18 grant cycle.
The grants included Emergency Relief Grants totaling $228,000 in support of artists and organizations affected by recent hurricanes and California wildfires. Grant recipients included Beta-Local in San Juan, which was awarded emergency grants for Puerto Rican artists affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria as well as for artists in the La Práctica program; the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, which received emergency residency support for artists affected by the 2017 hurricanes as well as for regular artist residencies; and Art Studio, Inc. in Beaumont, Texas, which received emergency support to help cover the cost of repairs in the wake of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
In addition to its annual grants, the foundation announced a $100,000 grant to the Madison Square Park Conservancy in support of Martin Puryear and his commission for the 2019 U.S. Pavilion at the fifty-eighth Venice Biennale. In addition, the Lee Krasner Award, given in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement, was awarded to Mel Chin, Chris Drury, Alfred Leslie, Don Nice, Morgan O'Hara, and Masami Teraoka, while Amy Sherald, the official portrait artist of former First Lady Michelle Obama, received the 2017-18 Pollock Prize for Creativity.
"Our 2017-18 grant and award recipients demonstrate the depth and breadth of the artists and organizations the foundation is able to serve, thanks to the legacy of Lee Krasner," said Pollock-Krasner Foundation chair and CEO Ronald D. Spencer. "We are honored to be able to support Martin Puryear through his commission for the U.S. Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennale."