Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2015-16

FRANKLIN FURNACE ARCHIVE, INC. ANNOUNCES THE 2015-16 FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND RECIPIENTS, SUPPORTED BY JEROME FOUNDATION, THE SHS 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.

This season marks the 30th 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 in New York. Events are presented in partnership with collegial venues, online, or in the city environment.

For 2015-16, Franklin Furnace received support from Jerome Foundation, The SHS 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 2015 peer review panel to award $64,000 to fourteen deserving artists and collaborations selected from among 492 proposals.

Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year, a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. We believe that this peer review system allows a diverse array of artists an equal opportunity to present 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 Monstah Black, Alina Bliumis, Brendan Fernandes, Tali Hinkis, and Yoko Inoue met July 17, 18, and 19, 2015, and decided to award eight $3500 grants and six $6000 grants to fourteen 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.

Recently, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Pratt Institute was granted by the State of New York the right to offer an MFA in Performance and Performance studies, a degree that Pratt will begin to offer in the fall of 2016. The new program of Performance+Performance Studies (P+PS) is proud to celebrate Franklin Furnace's invigorating presence on the Pratt campus. On November 2, 2015 P+PS will formally welcome Franklin Furnace's ground-breaking influence on performance art and thinking with a public welcome and reception by P+PS faculty members. We will also see the debut of the 2015 Franklin Furnace Fund grant recipients. This event and reception is free and open to the public.

FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND RECIPIENTS 2015-16:

  • Jeremiah Barber (San Francisco, CA)
  • Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey (New York, NY)*
  • Allana Clarke (Union, NJ)
  • Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Tamar Ettun (Brooklyn, NY)*
  • Victoria Keddie and Scott Kiernan (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Yve Laris Cohen (Brooklyn, NY)*
  • Shaun Leonardo (Brooklyn, NY)*
  • Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Sheryl Oring (Greensboro, NC)
  • Jacqueline Tarry (Brooklyn, NY)*
  • Mirland Terlonge (Brooklyn, NY)*
  • Justin Randolph Thompson (Florence, Italy)
  • Tori Wrånes (Brooklyn, NY)

*Artists supported by Jerome Foundation. Jerome Foundation support of the Franklin Furnace Fund is restricted to artists living in the five boroughs of New York City or the state of Minnesota.

PLEASE VISIT THE LINKS TO THE LEFT FOR INDIVIDUAL PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS AND BIOGRAPHIES.