Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2014-15

FRANKLIN FURNACE ARCHIVE, INC. ANNOUNCES THE 2014-15 FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND RECIPIENTS, SUPPORTED BY THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND JEROME FOUNDATION.

This season marks the 29th 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.

For 2014-15, Franklin Furnace received support from Jerome Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and general operating support from the New York State Council on the Arts, which enabled Franklin Furnace’s July 2014 peer review panel to award $40,000 to twelve deserving artists selected from among 577 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 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 Rachel Frank, Miao Jiaxin, Joseph Keckler, Stacy Scibelli, and Pamela Sneed met July 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2014, and decided to award eight $4,000 grants and four $2,000 grants to a total of twelve artists.

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 2014-15:

  • Elaine Angelopoulos (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Daniel Bejar (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Haley Bueschlen (New York, NY)
  • Desiree Burch (New York, NY)
  • Aisha Cousins (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Chun Hua Catherine Dong (Montreal, Canada)
  • Amber Hawk Swanson (New York, NY)
  • Rosamond S. King (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Seung-Min Lee (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Anya Liftig (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Erin Markey (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Veronica Vera (New York, 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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