RECIPIENTS 2020

Ronald Athey
Grants for Visual Artists

Evolving out of Los Angeles’ underground scenes, Ronald Athey is a self-taught artist who started making performance and sound work in 1981. In the 90s, when his work became identified with his HIV status and the ongoing pandemic, Athey’s live work toured internationally and was acclaimed for both form and...

Natalie Marie Ball
Grants for Visual Artists

Natalie Marie Ball has developed her studio practice using visual archives, history, gesture, materiality, and personal experience to create painted textiles, and sculptures as Power Objects. Her art is offered as proposals of refusal to complicate an easily affirmed and a consumed narrative without absolutes. Through auto-ethnography, she attempts to move...

Sean Clark
Emerging Artist Residency Fellow

Sean Clark is a self-taught artist whose paintings investigate the human condition. Informed by his background as a public health educator, Clark’s paintings reflect identity and history and seek to increase emotional awareness of public health and its impact on people of color.  During his residency at Santa Fe Art Institute,...

Adriana Corral
Grants for Visual Artists

Adriana Corral’s interdisciplinary, research-based practice explores memory, loss, human rights abuses, and unwritten histories. Often working across international borders, she probes state and national archives for primary documents and collaborates with historians, anthropologists, journalists, gender scholars, human rights attorneys, and the families of the victims of injustice to amass information...

Pamela Council
Grants for Visual Artists

Pamela Council makes sculptures, performances, dedications, and jokes that transform materials, people, and institutions. Using an Afro-Americana camp aesthetic which she calls BLAXIDERMY, objects are set into motion in unique ways, exploring how we soothe, protect, fashion, celebrate, and enhance ourselves. With appreciation for themes like Americana, Black Girl Magic, the...

Yasmine Nasser Diaz
Grants for Visual Artists

Yasmine Nasser Diaz’s multidisciplinary practice navigates overlapping tensions around religion, gender, and third-culture identity. Born and raised in Chicago to parents who immigrated from the highlands of southern Yemen, her work often reflects personal histories and the contrasting values of the cultures she was raised within. Her fiber etchings, immersive...

June Edmonds
Grants for Visual Artists

June Edmond’s abstract paintings explore how color, repetition, movement, and balance can serve as conduits to spiritual contemplation and interpersonal connection to her African-American roots. The psychological construct of skin color or tone through pattern and abstract painting is explored in her two ongoing series: the Energy Wheel Paintings inspired by her...

Joe Harjo
Native American Residency Fellow

Joe Harjo is a multidisciplinary artist from the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma and is currently working and teaching in San Antonio, TX. His work uncovers the lack of visibility of Native culture, lived experience and identity in America, due to both the absence of proper representation in mainstream culture...

Rindon Johnson
Sculpture Center
New Work Project Grants

Berlin-based artist Rindon Johnson’s work cuts through the membrane of assumed realities and shows how the virtual and actual are always and increasingly integrated. Law of Large Numbers: Our Bodies, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, features newly commissioned sculptures, painting, video, and installation that will take over...

Anja Marais
Grants for Visual Artists

Anja Marais’ work encompasses a hybrid of disciplines that include: photography, sculpture, mixed media collage, assemblage, and film. Born and raised in South Africa, but of French Huguenots refugee ancestry, Marais’ work explores themes of displacement and cultural heritage, exploring traces of colonization through the trek of the refugee, the...

Ronny Quevedo
The Research Foundation for The State University of New York, University at Albany
New Work Project Grants

Multi-media artist Ronny Quevedo will create a major site-specific commission addressing his bicultural upbringing and effects of relocation and displacement on groups and individuals. Emigrating from Ecuador to New York City as a child, Quevedo juxtaposes histories of his mother and father’s respective careers as a tailor and a professional soccer player, against...

Cosmo Whyte
Prospect New Orleans
New Work Project Grants

For Prospect.5, Cosmo Whyte will create five new large-scale charcoal drawings and a hand painted bead curtain, interrogating the Western gaze on Black performativity and spectacle. The drawings, based on the artist’s personal as well as archival images of dance, parade, and pageantry traditions, will combine photorealistic details with passages...

Lena Tseabbe Wright
Native American Residency Fellow

Lena Tseabbe Wright is an indigenous multimedia artist. She aims to educate audiences about Indigenous American issues and stories. She focuses less on narratives of destruction and trauma, and more on illuminating the vibrancy and resilience in tribal communities.  (Source; Artwork is copyright of the artist.) ...