Adolph Gottlieb began his career as an artist in New York in the 1920s with no expectation of financial reward. He became one of the small group of artists who initiated the movement known as Abstract Expressionism and achieved artistic and financial success far beyond his early expectations. Over the course of his life Gottlieb had several friends and colleagues who, despite their artistic achievements, were not able to support themselves either through the sale of their art or through teaching or related work. Adolph and his wife, Esther, became known among their friends as people who would help out when times were hard or when someone was in serious need.
When Adolph died in 1974, he left instructions in his will that a foundation be created to benefit “mature, creative painters and sculptors,” and the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation was formed in 1976 in that spirit.
To that end, the Gottlieb Foundation is inviting applications for its 2020 Individual Support Grants. Through the program, grants of $25,000 will be awarded in support of painters, sculptors, and printmakers who have been creating mature art for at least twenty years and who are in current financial need.
The Gottlieb Foundation does not fund organizations, educational institutions, students, graphic artists, or those working in crafts. The disciplines of photography, film, video, or related forms are not eligible unless the work directly involves, or can be interpreted as, painting or sculpture. The foundation does not fund exhibitions, installations, or projects of any kind.
To be eligible, applicants must be able to demonstrate they have been working in a mature phase of their art for at least twenty years.
See the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and the work of previous awardees.