FRANKLIN FURNACE ANNOUNCES FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND RECIPIENTS, SUPPORTED IN 2010-11 BY THE LAMBENT FOUNDATION FUND OF TIDES FOUNDATION; AND JEROME FOUNDATION.

In the spring of 2008, Franklin Furnace combined the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and The Future of the Present programs into one, entitled the Franklin Furnace Fund. For 2010-11, Franklin Furnace received increased support from the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, matching longstanding funding from Jerome Foundation. We are grateful for this major support, which enabled Franklin Furnace’s June, 2010 peer review panel to award $60,000 to twenty deserving artists selected from 317 proposals.

This is the 25th anniversary season of the Franklin Furnace Fund. Initiated in 1985 with the support of Jerome Foundation, Franklin Furnace has annually awarded grants to emerging artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to prepare major performance art works for presentation in New York. Events are presented in partnership with collegial venues, or, in the city environment.

Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year, a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. We believe that this peer panel system allows a diverse array of artists from all over the world* an equal shot at presenting their work in New York. Each year we discuss anew what "performance art" is, how "emerging" is defined, and these days what constitutes "variable media art," as during the last decade, artists have created works on every point of the spectrum between the body of the artist and the circulatory network of the Internet, and now technology is viewed as a given. This year's esteemed selection panel of artists, Toni Dove, Alicia Grullon, Elaine Tin Nyo, Mendi Lewis Obadike, and Alva Rogers met June 5, 6, and 7, 2010, reaching the decision to "spread the wealth" to twenty grant recipients, the largest number ever awarded. Each artist/collaboration will receive a grant of $3,000.

The Fund has consistently identified emerging talent in advance of wider artworld recognition: Karen Finley, John Fleck and Holly Hughes received support before the “culture wars” made them household names; artists of color such as Papo Colo, Tanya Barfield, Patty Chang, William Pope.L and Pamela Sneed received support at crucial, early points in their careers. We believe this success is due to the composition of Franklin Furnace's peer panels, representing a diverse range of practice, ethnic and cultural background, sexual preference, age and physical ability, as well as familiarity with new technology.

FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND 2010-11

  • Franklin Furnace Fund 2010-11 grant recipients are:
  • Rob Andrews, Brooklyn, NY
  • Alina and Jeff Blumis, New York, NY
  • Joe Diebes, Brooklyn, NY
  • Angela Ellsworth, Pheonix,AZ
  • Arielle Falk, Brooklyn, NY
  • Reid Farrington, Brooklyn, NY
  • Dan Fishback, Brooklyn, NY
  • Rachel Frank, Brooklyn, NY
  • Ayana Hampton, Los Angeles, CA
  • Elana Katz, Brooklyn, NY
  • Liz Magic Laser, New York, NY
  • Shaun El C. Leonardo, Ozone Park, NY
  • Clarinda Mac Low, New York, NY
  • Dafna Naphtali, Brooklyn, NY
  • Robert Previte, New York, NY
  • Jaye Rhee, New York, NY
  • Stacy Scibelli, Brooklyn, NY
  • Brandon Vickerd, Toronto, ON
  • Doug Garth Williams, Oakland, CA
  • Jayoung Yoon, Brooklyn, NY

*Jerome Foundation funds may be awarded only to New York City residents.
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