NEW YORK, NY.- The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
announced the recipients of its new Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant program (AIC) to advance the values promoted by artist and activist Robert Rauschenberg during his lifetime and career. The AIC grant program is the first national competitive grant program for the Foundation. It propels the organizations philanthropic mission of cultivating, promoting, encouraging and supporting the production and exhibition of art.
This grant program is rooted in the defining characteristics of Bobs legacy fearlessness, innovative practice, cross-disciplinary exploration and collaboration among artists and supports new work in a time when funding artistic experimentation is receding. We are delighted to be able to support projects that are pushing the boundaries of artistic practice and helping artists and cultural organizations investigate new territory, said Christy MacLear, Executive Director of the Foundation.
In 2011, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation invited 65 arts organizations across the country to apply for the inaugural grant cycle. After a competitive application process, nine grants, totaling $800,000 were awarded to a diverse group of innovative projects.
List of Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program grantees 2012:
Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
To support "Carbon 13", a multi-disciplinary artistic investigation of issues related to climate change. Artist and project director David Buckland will work with participating artists Heather Ackroyd, Amy Balkin, Erika Blumenfeld, Antony Gormley, Dan Harvey and Cynthia Hopkins on developing new works, and these works will be presented in an exhibition in conjunction with public programs as part of The Marfa Dialogues.
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
To support "Town Hall," a project to design and develop a new cultural space and a residency program for local artists in North Omaha, the poorest community in the city. The project will be led by artist Theaster Gates and the Bemis Center and engage local artists and community members in strengthening North Omaha as a creative place.
The Drawing Center, New York, NY
To support the commission of three new multi-disciplinary works that illuminate links between drawing and the performing arts. The works will be showcased as part of the Centers Performance Series and staged in its newly renovated galleries. Artists include Susan Hefuna, Luca Veggetti and Morphoses; Rashaad Newsome; and Suzanne Lacy and Andrea Bowers.
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Los Angeles, CA
To support the launch of HOLAs Public Art Project, a collaboration between HOLA and Otis College of Art and Design in which HOLA teaching artists Claudio Stickar, Gary Garay, Pearl C. Hsing and Patricia Yossen will work with other leading Los Angeles artists to engage youth in planning, creating and installing permanent installations in HOLAs Lafayette Park neighborhood.
Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
To support Machine Projects first large-scale project in public spaces. Conceptual works will be created by collaborative teams of artists, filmmakers, sound engineers, floral sculptors and others, which will be installed in unexpected public sites. Participating artists include Kelli Cain, Brian Crabtree, Juliana Snapper and Holly Vesecky.
Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory, New York, NY
To support the City as a Living Laboratorys project, BROADWAY: 1,000 STEPS , which will establish Broadway as a green corridor for New York. Working with artists, scientists, urban planners and others, the project will establish 20 Hubs along Broadway, each of which will use visual art, text and cell technology to help passersby explore themes in PlaNYC air, water, waste, energy and land.
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
To support the commissioning of artists Rena Effendi, John Hitchcock, Terry Jelsing, Adam Kemp, Mary Lucier and Tim Schouten to create work exploring life on North Dakotas mixed race, multi-cultural Spirit Lake Nation of the Dakota (Sioux) people. The project brings together artists from various disciplines and backgrounds, including Native Americans, to create work with and about a community that has minimal contact with contemporary artists.
Space One Eleven, Birmingham, AL
To support planning for (re)Moving Walls, a collaborative, multi-media project in which Birmingham-based artists will travel around the country and engage local artists in exploring barriers their communities face, such as economic disparities, race relations, and environmental degradation. The vehicle that the artists travel in will become the collectively created work, contributed to by artists along the way before returning to Birmingham.
STREB, Brooklyn, NY
To support "ESSENTIALIST ACTS," a multi-stage, multi-disciplinary artistic exploration of action, in which artist Elizabeth Streb will collaborate with Robert Woodruff, David Van Tieghem and Erik Pearson as well as members of the STREB company, to create large-scale works, including major public presentations in London as part of the London 2012 Festival of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.