From the press release
New York, NY, January 28, 2021 – Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), a non-profit organization founded in 1963 by the artists John Cage (1912-1992) and Jasper Johns, is pleased to announce the 2021 GRANTS TO ARTISTS awards, twenty $40,000 unrestricted grants to individual artists, including seven awards named for artists associated with FCA’s history. True to FCA’s founding mission, support for these awards stems from a community of artists and the individuals and foundations that support them. This unique “artists for artists” model additionally provides grantees with meaningful peer recognition and encouragement.
“It is a privilege for the Foundation for Contemporary Arts to recognize and celebrate this year’s grantees—twenty artists who explore and illuminate today’s complicated world through their diverse practices,” said Cecily Brown, a Director of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. “After a year of financial devastation in the artist community, these unrestricted $40,000 awards—and the meaningful encouragement they impart—are needed more than ever.”
Established in 1993, GRANTS TO ARTISTS awards provide significant, unrestricted assistance to individual performing and visual artists, and poets. Recipients are chosen annually through a confidential two-part nomination and selection process. Seven awards named for artists who have been associated with FCA over the years are made through the Grants to Artists program, including the Merce Cunningham Award, Helen Frankenthaler Award for Painting, Roy Lichtenstein Award, Robert Rauschenberg Award, Dorothea Tanning Award, Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, and C.D. Wright Award for Poetry. Additionally one award is underwritten by the FCA FRIENDS, a group of thoughtful and serious arts patrons. Detailed descriptions of these awards are available on FCA’s website.
For more information about Willie Perdomo, recipient of the Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, please click here.
The full list of grantees and their profiles can be found on FCA's website.