The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has disclosed the recipients of its fall 2023 grants, totaling over $4 million. Fifty organizations in twenty US states and Mexico City will benefit, with thirty being small and midsize entities, sixteen museums or university galleries, and four receiving curatorial research fellowships.
Supporting Expressive Capacities
In response to ongoing socio-political tensions, cultural inequities, and environmental challenges, the foundation emphasizes the need for arts organizations to nurture artists' expressive capacities. By providing financial, material, and intellectual resources, alongside public platforms and engaged audiences, these organizations contribute to the development of works that open new avenues in stalled conversations, says foundation president Joel Wachs.
Variety of Awardees
Small and midsize organizations, including first-time grantees Afro Charities in Baltimore and ALMA | LEWIS in Pittsburgh, are awarded program support. These grantees focus on historical lenses for contemporary work, delving into the AFRO American Newspaper archive and Black Archive, respectively. Other recipients address climate change (Epicenter in Utah), sustainable practices (Public Functionary in Minneapolis), and support for Native communities (Pu’uhonua Society in Honolulu). Renowned organizations such as Blank Forms, the Kitchen, and Light Industry in New York are recognized for promoting experimental art practices. Museums and university galleries, such as the Birmingham Museum of Art and UCLA Hammer Museum, receive funding for exhibitions highlighting underrepresented artists, solo shows for emerging artists, and group exhibitions centering marginalized experiences.
Four curatorial fellowships, sharing a total of $200,000, focus on initiatives emerging after the Arab Spring, revitalization of New Orleans’ Black Square cemetery, the restoration of relationships with water in areas affected by colonization or modernization, and the cultural influence of an independent press.