Michi Meko 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Recipient

Robin Scher, ARTnews, November 4, 2017

The Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced its 2017 Painters & Sculptors grant recipients, a group of 25 artists who will each receive $25,000 in unrestricted funds. Established by the foundation’s namesake in 1993, the grants are awarded annually to under-recognized artists working in the United States through a nomination and subsequent jury vote.


This year’s grant winners vary greatly in discipline and demographic. Ranging in age from 27 to 62, the grantees have been recognized for work which touches on pertinent issues of the day from immigration to climate change. Past recipients have included Mel Chin (1995); Glenn Ligon (1996); Mark Bradford (2002); Julie Mehretu (2003); Wangechi Mutu (2007); Nick Cave (2008); and Amy Sherald (2013) among others.


In a statement, Christa Blatchford, the foundation’s CEO said, “In a time when artists’ voices are so crucial for the health of our society, but unrestricted grant funding is so scarce, the Foundation’s Painters & Sculptors Grants provide essential resources to a wide spectrum of today’s working artists.”


The full list of grant recipients follows below.


  • Leonardo Benzant, Richmond Hill, NY
  • Ruth Buentello, San Antonio, TX
  • Colin Chase, Ulster County, NY
  • Pamela Council, Bronx, NY
  • Solomon Enos, Honolulu, HI
  • Jes Fan, Brooklyn, NY
  • Ana Fernandez, San Antonio, TX
  • jonathan paul gillette, New York, NY
  • Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Boston, MA
  • Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Anchorage, AK
  • Riva Lehrer, Chicago, IL
  • Joel Longenecker, Red Hook, NY
  • Michi Meko, Atlanta, GA
  • Drew Michael, Anchorage, AK
  • Arcmanoro Niles, Brooklyn, NY
  • Pat Phillips, Pineville, LA
  • Lucy Puls, Berkeley, CA
  • Analia Segal, Brooklyn, NY
  • Rodrigo Valenzuela, Culver City, CA
  • Derrick Velasquez, Denver, CO
  • Michael Wang, New York, NY
  • Dwayne Wilcox, Rapid City, SD
  • Amanda Williams, Chicago, IL
  • Antoine Williams, Greensboro, NC
  • Jenifer K Wofford, San Francisco, CA
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