Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2012-13

FRANKLIN FURNACE ANNOUNCES FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND RECIPIENTS, SUPPORTED IN 2012-13 BY THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS; LAMBENT FOUNDATION; AND JEROME FOUNDATION.

This season is the 27th 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. Events are presented in partnership with collegial venues, online, 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 2012-13, Franklin Furnace received increased support from the Lambent Foundation, as well as 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, 2012 peer review panel to award $80,000 to sixteen deserving artists selected from among 454 proposals.

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 the notion of “liveness,” 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, Michael Paul Britto, Dustin Grella, Clifford Owens, Jeanine Oleson, and Jessica Ann Peavy (biographies follow below) met June 1, 2, and 3, 2012, reaching the decision to award sixteen grant recipients. Each artist/collaboration will receive $5,000.

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 Tanya Barfield, Patty Chang, Papo Colo, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Coco Fusco, Robbie McCauley, Naeem Mohaiemen, Rashaad Newsome, Clifford Owens, Pope.L, Dread Scott 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 2012-13:

  • Einat Amir (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • G Douglas Barrett (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Benjamin Bellas (Chicago, Il)
  • Hector Canonge (New York, NY)
  • Laura Cooper (London, UK)
  • Robin Deacon (Chicago, Il)
  • Susan Ensley (New York, NY)
  • Brendan Fernandes (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Sherman Fleming (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Ariel Goldberg (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Miao Jiaxin (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Joseph Keckler (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Marni Kotak (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Ann-Marie Lequesne (London, UK)
  • Alison O’Daniel (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Noemi Segarra (Santurce, Puerto Rico)

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