Two Atlantan artists have been named as recipients of The Joan Mitchell Foundation‘s 2016 Painter & Sculptor grants — Fahamu Pecou and Tori Tinsley. The prestigious award is allotted to 25 artists across the nation annually. Past Georgian recipients include Jiha Moon (2011), Radcliffe Bailey (2003) and James Barsness (2003) in 2003.
The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality through unrestricted career support. The first year of grants was awarded in 1994 and the Foundation has funded individual artists annually since that time.
Nominators from across the country are invited to recommend artists whom they feel deserve more recognition for their creative achievements and whose practice would significantly benefit from the grant. The candidates’ images were viewed for consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel that convened this fall at the office of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and arts administrators.