Pollock-Krasner Foundation

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Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Formation1985; 39 years ago (1985)
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, United States
Samuel Sachs II
Chairman & CEO
Ronald D. Spencer
Executive Director
Caroline Black

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation was established in 1985 for the purpose of providing funding to visual artists internationally to further their artistic practices.[1] It was established at the bequest of Lee Krasner, who was an American abstract expressionist painter and the spouse of fellow painter Jackson Pollock. To date, the foundation has awarded more than 5,000 grants in 79 countries for a total of over $87 million.[2]


The foundation provides grants to painters, sculptors, printmakers, and artists who work on paper.[3] Since 1991, the foundation has given out the Lee Krasner Award, in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement, and the Pollock Prize for Creativity, given annually to an artist whose work "embodies high creative standards and has a substantial impact on society."[4] [5]These awards are based on the same criteria as grants and are by nomination only.[6] Previous recipients of Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants and awards include Shimon Attie,[7] Mel Chin,[8] Rita McBride,[9] Amy Sherald,[10] Shahzia Sikander,[11] Carrie Mae Weems,[12] and others.

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  1. ^ "UMass Lowell's Wetmore Receives $20,000 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant". Wavelengths (97.9 WHAV). 22 August 2023. Retrieved 9 January 2024.
  2. ^ "UMass Lowell's Wetmore Receives $20,000 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant". Wavelengths (97.9 WHAV). 22 August 2023. Retrieved 2024-01-09.
  3. ^ "Apply – Pollock-Krasner Foundation". Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  4. ^ "Oliver Lee Jackson wins the 2022-2023 Lee Krasner Award". artreview.com. 25 July 2023. Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  5. ^ Selvin, Claire (5 March 2019). "Pollock Prize for Creativity Goes to Todd Williamson". ARTnews.com. Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  6. ^ "Lee Krasner Awards". Pollock-Krasner Foundation. September 2010. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Shimon Attie Named Inaugural Charles C. Bergman Endowed Visiting Professor in Studio Art - SBU News". 14 September 2020. Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  8. ^ "Mel Chin, McColl Center". mccollcenter.org. Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  9. ^ "Sculptor Rita McBride '82 Named Recipient of 2020–21 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award". www.bard.edu. 29 June 2021. Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  10. ^ Selvin, Claire (10 October 2018). "Pollock-Krasner Foundation Names 2017–18 Grantees, Gives $100,000 to Madison Square Park Conservancy". ARTnews.com. Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  11. ^ "Pollock-Krasner Foundation Announces $2.7 Million in Grants". Artforum. 20 July 2023. Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  12. ^ "Guggenheim Presents Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video". The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation. Retrieved 2024-01-10.

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