NEA 1994 Visual Arts Organizations Grants

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The Visual Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts recently announced grant recipients in its organizations and periodicals category for fiscal year 1994. This year is the second in which the periodicals were announced in the same category with visual arts organizations, and reviewed by the same 12-person peer panel. What follows in this issue is the first half of this list. The second half of the list will appear in the October 1994 issue.

Organizations may apply in this category if they have been created for artists and assure them an integral role in organizational policy development and programming, promote interaction and dialogue between artists and the public, and encourage and support contemporary art of high aesthetic quality.

The 1994 panel awarded grants totalling $1.9 million to 119 organizations and periodicals. Last year's VAO panel awarded $2 million to 143 organizations and periodicals. The following panel reviewed this year's applications:

Tom Borrup (arts administrator and consultant, Minneapolis, MN); Robert Buitron (visual artist and freelance curator, Chicago, IL); Caroline Huber (arts administrator and curator, Houston, TX); Milena Kalinovska (museum director and curator, Boston, MA); Elaine King (museum director, curator, and art historian, Cinncinnati, OH); Arturo Lindsay (visual artist, educator and scholar, Atlanta, GA); Judy Moran (visual artist, arts administrator, and consultant, San Francisco, CA); Patsy Ong (Chinese interpreter and translator, New York, NY); Lari Pittman (visual artist, Los Angeles, CA); Ree Schonlau (arts administrator and curator, Omaha, NE); Pablo Schugurensky (visual artist and arts administrator, Olympia, WA); Reagan Upshaw (art critic, editor, and arts administrator, New York, NY).

In the following list the figure at the top right of each entry is the grant amount. At the end of each entry the abbreviation PYS indicates prior year support. The five amounts correspond to grants received from 1989 to 1993, respectively.

18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica, CA $12,500 To support publication of the quarterly journal, High Performance. The magazine provides a critical and theoretical forum for new and experimental visual and performance art. PYS: none; none; none; none: $12,500.

1078 Gailery, Chico, CA $5000 To support solo and group exhibitions and related published materials that increase opportunities for access to contemporary visual art in this rural community. PYS: none; $5000, $5000, $5000; $6500.

Alternative Museum, New York, NY $20,000 To support thematic exhibitions and installations by emerging, underrecognized, and mid-career visual artists from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. Catalogs will accompany major exhibitions. PYS: $30,000; $32,500: $32,500; $27,500; $20,000.

American Indian Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA $8000 To support solo and group exhibitions of contemporary Native American visual artists from throughout the United States. Artists' presentations and lectures will accompany the exhibitions. PYS: none; $5000; none; $5000; $7500.

Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA $10,000 To support the presentation of a series of exhibitions and installations featuring the work of established and emerging visual artists. Extensive educational activities are developed in connection with the exhibitions. PYS: none; none; $7500; $15,000; $5000.

Art Awareness, Lexington, NY $6000 To support the development and presentation of new works in solo and thematic group exhibitions and installations. Programs include month-long residencies for the creation of experimental visual and performance art and two-week printmaking residencies. PYS: $5000; none; $7500; $5000; $6000.

Art in General, New York, NY $18,000 To support solo and group exhibitions, installations, performances, and educational programming by a culturally diverse group of emerging and underrecognized visual artists. …

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