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The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-05-29

At A Glance

The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc.

545 W. 25th St., 15th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10001-5501

Telephone: (212) 524-0100


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Entertainment

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $359,979,197

Total giving: $1,584,317






Established in 1993 in NY - Founded by Joan Mitchell, a "second generation" abstract expressionist painter, who was one of her era's few female painters to gain critical and public acclaim.

Purpose and Activities

The Joan Mitchell Foundation seeks to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities. To further this mandate, the foundation provides grants, stipends and scholarships for painters and sculptors. The foundation also seeks out avenues to meet the needs of artists such as colloquiums and workshops, classes and other resource facilities. These educational activities are to further the development of painters and sculptors. Applications are accepted only in the field of art.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Emergency Program

The foundation provides emergency support to U.S.-based visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or manmade disasters that have affected their community. Artists who have been negatively impacted due to catastrophic situations of this nature can apply to the foundation for funding.

Grants to Individuals Program

Grants to artists and sculptors to further their careers.

MFA Grant Program

This annual grant of $15,000 is awarded to assist fifteen painters and sculptors who will receive their MFA degrees. The grants are given in recognition to artistic quality to artists chosen from a body of candidates put forth by nominators from MFA programs across the U.S. The award assists in furthering the recipient's artistic career and their transition from academic to professional studio work.

Painters and Sculptors Grant Program

This Program awards $25,000 to twenty-five artists through a nomination process. Nominators across the country are invited to recommend artists, at any stage in their career, who are currently under-recognized for their creative achievements, and whose practice would significantly benefit from the grant.

Fields of Interest

  • Artist's services
  • Arts and culture
  • Arts services
  • Education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adults
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Females
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Seniors
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $359,979,197 (market value)

Expenditures: $9,227,415

Total giving: $1,584,317

Qualifying distributions: $11,896,486