Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2013-14

FRANKLIN FURNACE ARCHIVE, INC. ANNOUNCES THE 2013-14 FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND RECIPIENTS, SUPPORTED BY THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS; LAMBENT FOUNDATION; THE SHS FOUNDATION; AND JEROME FOUNDATION.

This season marks the 28th 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 into one program, entitled the Franklin Furnace Fund. For 2013-14, Franklin Furnace received support from the Lambent Foundation, as well as longstanding funding from Jerome Foundation, and new support from The SHS 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 July, 2013 peer review panel to award $93,000 to nineteen deserving artists selected from among 515 international 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 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 Kara Lynch, Jennifer Miller, Mendi Obadike, Xaviera Simmons, and Chin Chih Yang met July 27, 28, and 29, 2013, and decided to award six $9,000 grants and thirteen $3,000 grants to a total of nineteen artists and collaborations.

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, which represent a diverse range of practice, ethnic and cultural background, sexual preference, age and physical ability, as well as differing levels of familiarity with new technology.

FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND RECIPIENTS 2013-14:

  • Tish Benson (Houston, TX)
  • Tei Blow and Sean McElroy (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Kabir Carter (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Reginald Ellis Crump (Brooklyn, NY)
  • David Antonio Cruz (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Kelman Duran (Bronx, NY)
  • Beatrice Glow (Queens, NY)
  • Nadia Granados (Bogotá, Colombia)
  • Haisi Hu (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Michael Iauch (Durham, North Carolina)
  • Reginald M. Lamar (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Joyce Yu-Jean Lee (Baltimore, MD)
  • Emily Mast (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Tara Mateik (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Jamie McMurry (North Hollywood, CA)
  • Julie Atlas Muz (New York, NY)
  • Matthew Silver (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Conrad Ventur (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Angela Washko (Long Island City, NY)

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

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