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Installation view of Coyota/e and Hercules at the Orange County Museum of Art California Biennial 2022: Pacific Gold
October 8, 2022  –  January 22, 2023

The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2022 Biennial Grants. Unrestricted grants of 20,000 USD each have been awarded to 20 artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, craft, and new media. The purpose is to give artists the opportunity to produce new work and push the boundaries of their creativity. A full-color catalogue documenting the work of grant recipients will be published this spring.

Established in 1918 by Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of the founder of Tiffany & Company, the Foundation remains one of the largest single sources of monetary grants to artists working in America today. The Foundation–one of the earliest artist-endowed foundations and the first created by an artist during their lifetime– began as a summer residency for artists and craftspeople, at Laurelton Hall, Tiffany’s estate at Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Following Tiffany’s death in 1933, the residency program continued until 1946, when the estate was sold, and the Foundation shifted its mission.

In 1980, Angela Westwater, president of the Tiffany Foundation, initiated the biennial competition that continues today, supporting Tiffany’s original vision: “to help young artists of our country… and to assist them in establishing themselves in the art world.” Since 1980, more than 10,000,000 USD in awards has been distributed to more than 500 artists nationwide. The competition recognizes emerging American artists and craftspeople every two years with a series of grants. The awards go to artists whose work shows promise, but who have not yet received critical and commercial recognition. Award winners are selected from nominees proposed by the Foundation’s trustees, previous recipients, artists, critics, and museum professionals throughout the United States. Nominee submissions are reviewed by a jury consisting of a committee of Foundation trustees, as well as artists, critics, and museum professionals. Winners are selected for talent, promise, and individual artistic strength.

Kerry James Marshall, 1993 award recipient and foundation Trustee, explained: ”Few events are more exciting and encouraging than being nominated to compete for prizes you can't apply for. It is the kind of endorsement that gets the wind at your back, and since my 1993 Tiffany grant, it's been full speed ahead. It has also been an honor to join the Tiffany board and serve with famous artists I used to only read about. I was so fortunate to be an awardee. We are so lucky there is the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.“

Beginning with the 2022 grant cycle, the Foundation’s programs are administered by the National Academy of Design. The National Academy’s history with the Foundation dates to 1880, when Louis Comfort Tiffany was honored by being elected as a National Academician.

2022 Recipients of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Grants
Farah Al-Qasimi, Brooklyn NY / Yasi Alipour, Brooklyn NY / Hector Dionicio Mendoza, Salinas CA / Nikita Gale, Los Angeles CA / Shaunté Gates, Washington DC / Mark Thomas Gibson, Philadelphia PA / Nicki Green, Los Angeles CA / Julia Haft-Candell, Los Angeles CA / Donté K. Hayes, Cliffwood NJ / Pao Her, Blaine MN / Lisa Kereszi, Branford CT / Matvey Levenstein, New York NY / Cy Morgan, Astoria NY / Fahamu Pecou, Atlanta GA / Lamar Peterson, Minneapolis MN / Ronny Quevedo, Bronx NY / Elena Sisto, New York NY / Liza Sylvestre, Champaign IL / Anna Tsouhlarakis, Boulder CO / Didier William, Elkins Park PA

2022 Biennial Competition Jury
Lauren Tate Baeza, Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art, High Museum of Art.
Phong Bui, Publisher, The Brooklyn Rail; Trustee, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.
Jill Dawsey, Senior Curator, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.
Garth Johnson, Curator of Ceramics, Everson Museum of Art.
Cindy Sherman, artist; Trustee, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.
Robert Storr, curator, artist, critic, writer; Trustee, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.
Angela Westwater, Founder, Sperone Westwater; President, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.

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