Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2011-12

FRANKLIN FURNACE ANNOUNCES FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND RECIPIENTS, SUPPORTED IN 2011-12 BY THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS; LAMBENT FOUNDATION FUND OF TIDES FOUNDATION; JEROME FOUNDATION; AND THE SHS FOUNDATION.

This season is the 26th anniversary 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.

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 2011-12, Franklin Furnace received increased support from the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, matching longstanding funding from Jerome Foundation. Additionally, this program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. We are grateful for this major support, which enabled Franklin Furnace's June, 2011 peer review panel to award $72,000 to fourteen deserving artists selected from 350 proposals. This year, a gift from The SHS Foundation in honor of Ruth Hardinger made selection of a Performa* Fellow, who will participate in Performa 11, possible.

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, Katherine Behar, Wayne Hodge, Iris Rose, Dread Scott, and Saya Woolfalk (biographies follow below) met June 10, 11, and 12, 2011, reaching the decision to award fourteen grant recipients. Eleven artists/collaborations will receive a grant of $6,000 and three artists/collaborations will receive a grant of $2,000.

The Fund has consistently identified emerging talent in advance of wider art world 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 RECIPIENTS 2011-12:

  • Elizabeth Axtman (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Alison Crocetta (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Donald Daedalus (New York, NY)
  • Zachary Fabri (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Lawrence Graham-Brown (Neptune, New Jersey)
  • Dustin Grella (New York, NY)
  • Pablo Helguera (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Xandra Ibarra (Oakland, California)
  • Annie Rachele Lanzillotto (Yonkers, NY)
  • JC Lenochan (Orange, NJ)
  • LoVid (New York, NY)
  • Kara Lynch (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Chin Chih Yang (Astoria, NY)
  • Bryan Zanisnik (Brooklyn, NY)

*Performa 11 is the fourth visual art performance biennial organized by Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization established by RoseLee Goldberg. Dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art, Performa encourages new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Performa 11 (November 1-21) will include performances by over 100 contemporary artists at over 80 venues in New York City and is presented in collaboration with local arts and cultural organizations as well as international curators. Information: www.performa-arts.org

**Jerome Foundation support of the Franklin Furnace Fund is restricted to artists living in the five boroughs of New York City.