Cara Despain

Cara Despain's work navigates issues of land use—often using the legacy of romantic landscape depictions as a lens—as it relates historically to settlement, expansion, oppression, resource exploitation, and the development of the...

Eric-Paul Riege and Prospect New Orleans

For Prospect.5, Eric-Paul Riege will show a 20x20’ installation of weavings, regalia, oversized beads, and a new body of sculpture he has developed for this presentation. The entire installation hangs from the ceiling, hovering just above the...

Martine Gutierrez and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Martine Gutierrez produces elaborate, pop-culture-based, narrative scenes exploring the nuances of identity in terms of race, gender, and indigeneity. Using a variety of media that melds dance, photography, video, set, and costume design, Gutierrez...

Nhi Vo

Nhi Vo's work transforms writing into drawing, revealing languages as patterns and definitions as gestures. Laborious repetitions are interrupted by the imperfections of handwritten text, overriding the parameters of mechanical reproduction. These...

Panteha Abareshi

Panteha Abareshi's work is rooted in her existence as a chronically ill/disabled body existing with multiple medical illnesses, at the root of which is sickle cell zero beta thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder that causes debilitating pain and...

Leo Castañeda

Mutating between analog and digital, Leo Castañeda's work renders worlds where landscapes, technology, and entities all share sentience and interconnection. Through paintings, video, and sculpture, and more, the work traverses sci-fi gaming...

Charisse Weston

Charisse Weston's work emerges from deep material investigations of the symbolic and literal folds, collapses, and returns of space, poetics, and the autobiographical. Interweaving sculpture, sound, video, and photography with black experience as...

Tony Bingham and Alabama Contemporary Art Center

In conjunction with the Alabama Contemporary Art Center (ACAC), Tony Bingham's project will focus on engaging the people of Africa Town and the surrounding Mobile Bay community to reflect on its heritage through sculpture, photography, oral...

Lydia Ourahmane and SculptureCenter

Lydia Ourahmane’s work often initiates large, open-ended propositions that obliquely register the longings and limitations incited by colonial occupation, civil war, and the paradoxes of belief. For her first institutional solo exhibition in New...

Rashaun Rucker

Rashaun Rucker's practice serves as an archive of Black culture as it intersects with myth vs. reality. In his series American Ornithology, Rucker records the lives of black men and the heavy challenge they face with racial bias and cultural...

Didier William and MCA North Miami

Didier William's sculptures build on the themes and style of his paintings, which incorporate elements of printmaking, low-relief sculpture, and collage. Born in Port-au-Prince and raised in North Miami, William’s work is packed with symbolism from...

LaToya Hobbs

Latoya Hobbs creates mixed-media works that seamlessly marry traditional painting and relief printmaking techniques on a single surface. These hybrid works employ the use of pattern, color, and texture to provide a visceral experience that is both...

The Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 by artist Ed Levine to support emerging and under-recognized visual artists. Through grants and residency programs, the foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and encourage new modes of making and thinking about art.

For Artists

Grants for Visual Artists

The Grants for Visual Artists award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older.

Residency Programs

The Foundation supports residency fellowship programs at Vermont Studio Center in addition to a residency program, Back River Road Residency, at Ed Levine’s former home and studio in South Royalton, Vermont.

Back River Road Residency Program

Harpo Foundation Native American Residency at Vermont Studio Center