Grabadolandia 2018

Very excited to have completed one more Grabadolandia with Tortilla Social once again, the first and only legendary free printmaking festival in Chicago.  I am also honor to be part of the Instituto Gráfico de Chicago (IGC) since its beginnings and see how this group has grown. We believe in creating more equitable access to cultural resources and events. Our audience is overlapping communities of artists, students, youth, Latinx families, working-class families and communities of color. Thanks to everyone who make this happens! 

SAIC Welcomes 13 New Full-Time Faculty Members

Please join me in welcoming 13 new full-time faculty members to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) this fall. The new faculty members represent a diverse range of practices, media, and methodologies and exemplify SAIC’s focus on interdisciplinary studies.

In the last two years, six of the new full-time faculty members joining SAIC were former part-time faculty. The new faculty members, who will teach in six departments across the School, include Danielle Andress (Fiber and Material Studies), Jeremy Biles (Liberal Arts), Julietta Cheung (MFA 2012, Contemporary Practices), Mike Cloud (Painting and Drawing), Ryan Edwards (Liberal Arts), Maura Frana (Visual Communication Design), Marie Herwald Hermann (Ceramics), Suma Ikeuchi (Liberal Arts), Salvador Jiménez-Flores (Ceramics), Piotr Michura (Visual Communication Design), Hương Ngô (MFA 2004, Contemporary Practices), Kirin Wachter-Grene (Liberal Arts), and Jade Yumang (Fiber and Material Studies).

With the addition of these new faculty members, SAIC continues its legacy of excellence in art and design education. Information about each faculty member can be found below.

Martin Berger
Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Salvador Jiménez-Flores

Assistant Professor


Salvador Jiménez-Flores is an interdisciplinary artist born in Mexico and an assistant professor in the Department of Ceramics. In his work he explores the themes of colonization, migration, “the other,” stereotypes, and futurism. Most recently he completed a two-year artist residency at the Harvard Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard University. He also served as the artist-in-residence for the city of Boston. Jiménez-Flores is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant and was awarded the Kohler Arts Industry Residency for 2019.

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Marie Herwald Hermann

Assistant Professor


Marie Herwald Hermann is an assistant professor in the Ceramics department. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Royal College of Art in London in 2009 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Westminster. Hermann’s work is informed by the objects of the everyday. She draws meaning from the way individuals unconsciously create relationships with the domestic objects present in daily life. Solo exhibitions include Shields and the Parergon at Reyes Projects; And dusk turned dawnBlackthorn at NADA, Miami; Northern LightPontiac Rise at Galerie Nec, Paris. Her work is represented in the collections of the Danish Arts Foundation; the Denver Art Museum; Sèvres Ceramics Museum, France; Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway; and Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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Julietta Cheung

Assistant Professor

Contemporary Practices

Julietta Cheung (MFA 2012) is an assistant professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices. Her work examines the contemporary American narrative of the future as it is interpreted by a diverse public. She mines and unmakes her source material—popular writing, buzz terms, and utility objects—and remakes them in her typographic prints, sculptures, installations, and reading performances. Cheung joins SAIC from Florida State University where she was an assistant professor in the Department of Art. She received her Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University and Master of Fine Arts from SAIC.

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Hương Ngô

Assistant Professor

Contemporary Practices

Hương Ngô (MFA 2004) is an assistant professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices. Ngô’s research-based practice connects personal and political histories using a conceptual, interdisciplinary, and often collaborative approach. She has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, among others. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Fine Arts from SAIC in Art and Technology Studies, and was a studio fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program.

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Jade Yumang

Assistant Professor

Fiber and Material Studies

Jade Yumang is an assistant professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies. His primary focus is on the concept of queer form through sculptural abstraction, installation, and performance. He joins SAIC from the University of British Columbia and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Fine Arts with departmental honors from Parsons School of Design.

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Danielle Andress

Assistant Professor

Fiber and Material Studies

Danielle Andress is an assistant professor in the Fiber and Material Studies department. Her work focuses on contemporary identity politics as mediated through popular culture and gendered craft and primarily takes the form of woven cloth. She previously taught at the California College of the Arts. Andress earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and her Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts in 2017.

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Jeremy Biles

Assistant Professor

Liberal Arts

Jeremy Biles is an assistant professor in the Department of Liberal Arts. Since 2008, Biles has taught courses at SAIC on religion, philosophy, writing, and photography. His research ranges across religious studies, psychoanalysis, and art theory, with special attention to eroticism, surrealism, and the category of the sacred. He is the author of Ecce Monstrum: Georges Bataille and the Sacrifice of Form. Biles holds a PhD from the University of Chicago.

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Ryan Edwards

Assistant Professor

Liberal Arts

Ryan C. Edwards is an assistant professor in the Department of Liberal Arts after having worked for two years at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Edwards received a Bachelor of Arts in geography from the University of California Berkeley in 2009 and a PhD in history from Cornell University in 2016. His research and teaching focus on Latin America, environmental history and geography, and prison studies. During 2018–19, Edwards will be on leave as a visiting associate research scholar at Princeton University.

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Suma Ikeuchi

Assistant Professor

Liberal Arts

Suma Ikeuchi is an assistant professor in the Department of Liberal Arts. Her research interests include diaspora, citizenship, and religion in global Asia, specifically among the diverse migrant groups in Japan. She has published articles in Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology, Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, and Contemporary Japan; her first book is also forthcoming from Stanford University Press in 2019. Ikeuchi joins SAIC from the University of Alabama. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hokkaido University, a Master of Arts from Brandeis University, and PhD from Emory University.

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Kirin Wachter-Grene

Assistant Professor

Liberal Arts

Kirin Wachter-Grene is an assistant professor of English in the Department of Liberal Arts and coordinator of the First-Year Seminar program. Wachter-Grene’s work focuses on African American literature and culture from the late 19th century to the present, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. She joins SAIC from New York University and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona, Master of Arts from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and PhD from the University of Washington.

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Mike Cloud

Assistant Professor

Painting and Drawing

Mike Cloud is an assistant professor in the Painting and Drawing department. He is a painter whose work examines the conditions of painting in its contemporary life among countless reproductions, symbols, and descriptions. Cloud earned his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Cloud has lectured extensively on his work and issues of contemporary art theory at Cooper Union, Yale University, and Bard College among others.

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Piotr Michura

Associate Professor

Visual Communication Design

Piotr Michura is an associate professor in the Visual Communication Design department. His research interests are in areas of information design, interaction design, and typography/text visualization. His PhD research was on experimental visualizations for interaction with electronic documents for humanities researchers. In 2015 he received the Fulbright Senior Advanced Research Award. Michura is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland, where he received his MFA in 2001 and PhD in 2012, and the University of Alberta, Canada, where he received his MDes in 2008.

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Maura M Frana

Assistant Professor

Visual Communication

Maura Frana is a designer and educator who examines the parallels between verbal and visual. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Communications Design from Pratt Institute and has taught graphic design full time at the undergraduate and graduate levels since 2013. She was previously a visiting artist at SAIC. Frana is coauthor of the book Five Conversations on Graphic Design and Creative Writing, which examines the value of cross-disciplinary methods in graphic design.




Instituto Gráfico de Chicago (IGC), a grassroots printing collective from the Pilsen neighborhood, is excited to announce its 6th annual FREE, educational printmaking festival, Grabadolandia, scheduled to take place November 16, 17, and 18, 2018.

Grabadolandia is a three-day printmaking festival that spans multiple venues throughout the city of Chicago. The main event, which is a print fair, will once again be housed at the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA). During this event, the public is invited to learn about printmaking and its rich history by participating in free demonstrations and hands-on activities. On the occasion of our 6th anniversary, we will also to be joined by four printmakers representing two of Oaxaca City’s most dynamic collectives, Burro Press and Cooperativa Grafica, who will lead several live demonstrations and conversations about contemporary printmaking in Mexico.

*Please join us for these special FREE events, highlighting the presence of an active and engaged printmaking community in the city of Chicago and beyond.

Friday, November 16, 2018. 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
- IGC Exhibition and Artist Talk + Printing Demo by Daniel Amora from Baja California at 7:30PM
Pilsen Outpost, 1637 W. 18th St. Chicago, IL 60608

Saturday, November 17, 2018
- Wood Burning and Relief Printing Demonstration with Edith Chavez from Oaxaca City, Mexico at Pilsen Outpost
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pilsen Outpost, 1637 W. 18th St. Chicago, IL 60608

-Lithography Demonstration with Ivan Bautista from Oaxaca City, Mexico at Hoofprint
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Hoofprint 1965 W. Pershing Road, Chicago, IL 60609

- Book Release by Federico Valdez from Oaxaca City, Mexico at the National Museum of Mexican Art
*This event includes an artist panel on the topic of the formation of print collectives past and present.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St. Chicago, IL 60608

Sunday, November 18, 2018
GRABADOLANDIA, 6th annual free, educational printmaking festival.
Please join us for our family friendly event to learn more about printmaking through a series of fun and immersive hands-on activities presented by print shops around the city and beyond! A great way to meet the artists behind these print shops and support the art of printmaking.
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St. Chicago, IL 60608

For up-to-date information please visit our website and follow us on and Instagram@instituto_grafico_chicago

Tortilla Social mini documentary

Tortilla Social was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City Program, with funding from The Barr Foundation and with additional support from the Boston Foundation. Tortilla Social has also partnered with the Urbano Project and Hyde Square Task Force as a community partners on this project.

Tortilla Social fue posible gracias al financiamiento del Programa de “Creative City” de “New England Foundation for the Arts,” con fondos de la Fundación The Barr y con el apoyo adicional de la Fundación de Boston. Tortilla Social también se ha asociado con “Urbano Project” y “Hyde Square Task Force” como socios comunitario en este proyecto.

Video Produced by Salvador Jiménez-Flores
Camera by Darren Cole & Faizal Westcott
Edited by Darren Cole & Faizal Westcott
Additional footage by Martha P. Osornio- Ruiz

Featuring Music
Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquestra - Chicago -

Maria Christina Blanco
Patricia Garcia
Massiel Torres
Jonah Muniz
Sebastian Zapata 

Special Thanks
Stella Aguirre-McGregor
Sarah Brugge
Isabel Catalina Hibbard
Amanda Cortes
Denise Delgado
April Franklin
Eric J. Garcia
Jim Grace
Matt Jeff
Eucaris Jiménez
Jose Alfredo Jiménez
Safiyyah Johnson
Deidra Montgomery
Quyen Nguyen
Martha P. Osornio- Ruiz
Anthony Peña
Waldewar Rivera
Gleidymar Rivera
Susan Richards Hallstein    
Eva Rosenberg
José Sanchez
Katerin Sarai Rodriguez
Ricardo Serment
Kim Szeto
Amber Stout
Kenneth Tangvik

New England Foundation for the Arts Staff
Urbano Project Staff
Hyde Square Task Force Staff
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Instituto Gráfico de Chicago
Hands House Project
The Free School of Writing
Speedball Art Products

Tortilla Social Documentary Premiere

Join us for the premiere of the Tortilla Social, a film documenting Urbano Artist in Residence, Salvador Jiménez-Flores' Tortilla Social project, as we close the Encounters exhibition at Urbano! Prints made by Salvador Jiménez-Flores will be for sale. Tortilla Social was shot by Darren A. Cole and Faizal Westcott and edited by Darren A. Cole and ‪Faizal Westcott‬.
Popcorn will be provided! This is event is free, open to the public and family-friendly!

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Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez  Cornucopia , 2016 India Ink on Tyvek 108 x 225 inches Courtesy the artist

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez
Cornucopia, 2016
India Ink on Tyvek
108 x 225 inches
Courtesy the artist

December 7, 2017–February 24, 2018

Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly takes the migration path of the Monarch butterfly, as a geographic range and a metaphor. The butterfly crosses the border of the United States at its junctions with Canada at the north and Mexico in the south along the entire length of both of these conceptual divides. Bypassing the hotter, desert regions of the country, Monarchs flock along its western and eastern coastal edges, but the busiest path of the orange-and-black butterfly is through the center of the United States. The Monarch travels through Midwestern states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois, across the Great Plains of Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, onwards through the Texas Hill Country all the way to the state of Michoacan in Mexico. The path of the butterfly also connects the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline where it crosses the Missouri River at the border of the Standing Rock nation to the U.S.-Mexico border, but the butterfly itself is indifferent to these artificial borders and conceptual divisions.

The exhibition Monarchs sees the defense of Standing Rock and the threat to build a border wall as continuous issues that pose challenges to people native to the Americas who have been separated by conceptual categories of indigenous, immigrant, and assimilated. Like the butterfly, which takes four generations to make the complete migratory path navigating its way through the center of the United States by drawing from inherited knowledge, these artists also pull from ancestral and cultural memory to reveal the deep conceptual legacies underpinning abstraction, reorient historical and art historical narratives, and explore centuries-old trade routes that moved aesthetics in addition to goods. Monarchs considers how objects, still and moving images, sound, and performances made by artists living in the path of the butterfly reveal their identities through form, process, and materiality rather than through content. To create the exhibition, Bemis Curator-in-Residence Risa Puleo looked to the butterfly for inspiration for the exhibition’s primary themes:

Migrations: The length of the Monarch's migratory path is over 3,000 miles long, and unlike any other butterfly, the Monarch makes this path twice. The butterflies cross two international borders and dozens of states. Rodrigo Valenzuela explores the landscape of migration along the U.S.-Mexico border while Sky Hopinka, Francisco Souto, and Wendy Red Star employ road trips as their means of moving across the United States. Other types of movement including immigration to displacement, itinerancy, nomadism, and also the condition of being immobilized are explored by William Cordova, Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez, Marty Two Bulls Jr., and Cannupa Hanska Luger. Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez and Harold Mendez examine how objects were moved across centuries-old trade routes, bringing aesthetics and styles with them across vast expanses of space.

Inheritance: No one butterfly completes the trek from the U.S.-Canada border across the U.S. to the butterfly forests of Michoacán, where individual butterflies often return to the same Oyamel Fir tree as their ancestors. They do so by drawing from knowledge inherited from butterflies who forged the path before them. Artists in Monarchs also pull from ancestral and cultural memory speaking to an inherited means of production and genealogy of form. Truman Lowe transforms the basket weaving techniques taught to him by his parents while Margarita Cabrera learned the craft of copper hammering of Santa Clara del Cobre, a town in Michoacán. Ronny Quevedo, Rafa Esparza, and Carlos Rosales-Silva incorporate building materials such as drywall, adobe, and plaster respectively into their paintings as an homage to constructing buildings and working-class labor.

Transformation: Over the course of its life, the Monarch butterfly takes on radically different forms, transforming from egg to caterpillar, chrysalis, and, finally, butterfly. Artists like Jeffery Gibson, Mary Valverde, Donna Huanca, and Ivan Lozano explore how costume and textiles join forces with performance to form the basis of sacred ritual and ceremony that provide passageways to the spiritual.

Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly is curated by Risa Puleo, 2017 Bemis Center Curator-in-Residence.

The Curator-in-Residence program's inaugural year is made possible by Carol Gendler and the Mammel Foundation. 

Jeffrey Gibson  All You Took I Gladly Gave , 2013 Found Tipi Poles, Buffalo Hide, Rawhide Lacing, Artificial Sinew, Wool Army Blanket, Acrylic Paint, Glass Beads, Quartz Crystals, Plastic, Sterling Silver 10 x 2 x 19 feet; Travois: Four 24 foot long tipi poles with 2.5–3-inch diameters; Buffalo Hide Trunk: 27 x 40 x 23 inches Courtesy the artist

Jeffrey Gibson
All You Took I Gladly Gave, 2013
Found Tipi Poles, Buffalo Hide, Rawhide Lacing, Artificial Sinew, Wool Army Blanket, Acrylic Paint, Glass Beads, Quartz Crystals, Plastic, Sterling Silver
10 x 2 x 19 feet; Travois: Four 24 foot long tipi poles with 2.5–3-inch diameters; Buffalo Hide Trunk: 27 x 40 x 23 inches
Courtesy the artist

Salvador Jiménez-Flores  Nopales hibridos: An Imaginary World of a Rascuache-Futurism , 2017 Terra-cotta, porcelain, underglazes, gold luster, terra-cotta slip 96 x 96 x 96 inches Courtesy the artist

Salvador Jiménez-Flores
Nopales hibridos: An Imaginary World of a Rascuache-Futurism, 2017
Terra-cotta, porcelain, underglazes, gold luster, terra-cotta slip
96 x 96 x 96 inches
Courtesy the artist

Exhibiting Artists

Gina Adams
Carmen Argote
Natalie Ball
Margarita Cabrera
Juan William Chávez
Maria Chavez
William Cordova
Rafa Esparza
Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez
Guillermo Galindo
Jeffrey Gibson
Sky Hopinka
Donna Huanca
Truman Lowe
Cannupa Hanska Luger
Salvador Jiménez-Flores
Merritt Johnson
Rodolfo Marron III
Harold Mendez
Mark Menjivar
Ronny Quevedo
Wendy Red Star
Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez
Josh Rios & Anthony Romero
Guadalupe Rosales
Carlos Rosales-Silva
Sarah Rowe
Edra Soto
Francisco Souto
Marty Two Bulls Jr.
Rodrigo Valenzuela
Mary Valverde
Dyani White Hawk
Nathan Young
Sarah Zapata

Announcing the 2017 Recipients of the Painters & Sculptors Grants

I am honored and humbled to announce that I am a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants! Thanks to whomever nominated me to apply!
With gratitude,
— Salvador

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of our annual Painters & Sculptors Grants. The 25 artists in this diverse group will each receive an unrestricted grant of $25,000, along with professional development and residency opportunities. The recipients are:

Leonardo Benzant Richmond Hill, NY

Drew Michael Anchorage, AK

Ruth Buentello San Antonio, TX

Arcmanoro Niles Brooklyn, NY

Colin Chase Ulster County, NY

Pat Phillips Pineville, LA

Pamela Council Bronx, NY

Lucy Puls Berkeley, CA

Solomon Enos Honolulu, HI

Analia Segal Brooklyn, NY

Jes Fan Brooklyn, NY

Rodrigo Valenzuela Culver City, CA

Ana Fernandez San Antonio, TX

Derrick Velasquez Denver, CO

jonathan paul gillette New York, NY

Michael Wang New York, NY

Salvador Jiménez-Flores Boston, MA

Dwayne Wilcox Rapid City, SD

Sonya Kelliher-Combs Anchorage, AK

Amanda Williams Chicago, IL

Riva Lehrer Chicago, IL

Antoine Williams Greensboro, NC

Joel Longnecker Red Hook, NY

Jenifer K Wofford San Francisco, CA

Michi Meko Atlanta, GA

The Painters & Sculptors Grants were established in 1993 in direct response to artist Joan Mitchell's instructions that a portion of her estate be used to "aid and assist individual painters and sculptors." This year's group of recipients represent a wide range of artistic practices and demographics. The artists range in age from 27 to 62, hail from 12 states in all regions of the U.S., including two artists from Alaska and one from Hawaii, and eighty percent identify as nonwhite. Employing a broad array of materials and processes, their work explores some of the most pressing issues of our time, including the immigrant experience, transgender rights, the housing crisis, racial and economic inequality, global warming, and Confederate monuments. The recipients join more than 500 contemporary artists who have received Painters & Sculptors Grants over the last 24 years, including many luminaries supported early in their careers. 

"In a time when artists' voices are so crucial for the health of our society, but unrestricted grant funding is so scarce, the Foundation's Painters & Sculptors Grants provide essential resources to a wide spectrum of today's working artists," said Christa Blatchford, Chief Executive Officer of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. "Our vision, rooted in Joan Mitchell's generous embrace of other artists, is to provide the necessary supports for artists to continue to innovate in their practices and create ambitious new work that inspires, engages, and fosters dialogue, as an important element of community-building. We look forward to continuing our relationships with the exceptional artists who are receiving grants this year."

Selection Process
The recipients of the Painters & Sculptors Grants are selected through a nomination and jury process. Nominators from across the country are asked to recommend artists--at any stage in their career--who they believe deserve greater recognition for their creative achievements, and whose practices would significantly benefit from the grant. In an anonymous, multi-phase process, a jury panel then selects the 25 awardees. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and art educators who are dedicated to supporting artists, and the list of participating nominators and jurors varies from year to year. As with the grantees, participation as a nominator, juror, or grant recipient is also open to artists or colleagues who have not pursued a traditional BFA and/or MFA education as part of their career path. 

"Ensuring access and equity is an important part of our process and our desired outcomes," said Travis Laughlin, Senior Director of Programs at the Joan Mitchell Foundation. "Over the last three years, we have continued to broaden our approach, bringing in nominators and jurors with geographic, ethnic, and experiential diversity, in order to ensure that the artists nominated for the Painters & Sculptors Grants are reflective of varying backgrounds and approaches to their work. We can see the success of this process in the current group of recipients."

The Foundation's Painters & Sculptors Grants are unrestricted in order to offer artists the most flexible form of support. As part of their applications, grantee artists note how they plan to use these funds, with needs typically falling into four categories: acquiring the materials or equipment necessary for their art-making; securing better or larger spaces to work or live; for research, travel, and experimentation with their practice, in order to develop more ambitious work; and to find new ways to engage with their communities. 

In addition to the $25,000 award, the Foundation connects its grant recipients to a national network of arts professionals through free professional development consultations, which may come in the form of career and financial management advice or answers to legal questions. Grantees also become eligible to apply for residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, which opened in 2010 to provide both national and local artists with additional space and support to develop their practices.

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Read more about the artists on our website


The Joan Mitchell Foundation increases recognition of the work and life of pioneering abstract painter Joan Mitchell. Grounded in Mitchell's desire to support the aspirations of visual artists, the Foundation engages individual artists through grant-making, programming, and collaborations.

In addition to the promotion and preservation of Joan Mitchell's legacy, the Foundation's activities are currently focused on three areas: grants; artist legacy support; and artist residencies. The Foundation's grant programs include the Painters & Sculptors Grants, Emerging Artist Grants, and Emergency Grants, which provide support to artists whose work has been affected by natural or man-made disasters. The Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) initiative provides support to older artists in the areas of studio organization, archiving, and inventory management, in order to help with the creation of a comprehensive and usable documentation of their artworks and careers. The New Orleans-based Joan Mitchell Center offers artist residencies to national and local artists, and also offers public programs such as artist talks and open studio events. Together, all of these programs fulfill Joan Mitchell's goal of creating a foundation that actively supports the needs of working artists, while amplifying the essential contributions artists make to the culturally diverse world in which we live. To learn more, visit

Tortilla Social at Urbano Project

Tortilla Social Event at Urbano Project

Join us for the final exhibition of Tortilla Social at Urbano for a screening the Tortilla Social documentary and an exhbition of the prints created during the workshops across Boston! 

Tortilla Social is an interactive printmaking and food workshop using a multi-functional tortilla press designed and led by Urbano artist in residence Salvador Jiménez-Flores. Participants of all ages have the opportunity to use the tortilla press to make their own art print and to eat freshly made tortillas.

Tortilla Social was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City Program, with funding from The Barr Foundation and with additional support from the Boston Foundation. Tortilla Social has also partnered with the Urbano Project and Hyde Square Task Force as community partners on this project.

This event is free and open to the public. 

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URBANO ENCOUNTERS: A Retrospective Exhibition
Thursday, September 21 | 6:30 to 9:00 pm.  
@Urbano Project, 29 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130  
Co-curated by Colombian-born curator/artist Julián Serna and Urbano's Founder and Artistic Director, Stella Aguirre McGregor, this exhibition features various socially-engaged projects that have taken place at Urbano, including artworks of Pablo Helguera, Pedro Reyes, Lina Maria Giraldo, Salvador Jimenez Flores, Nora Valdez, Darren A. Cole, among other artists. 

Resilient Current
September 9-October 21
Reception | September 22 | 4:30-7:00pm
Printmaking Workshop | October 21 | 3:00-4:30pm

99 Albany St., Boston 02111 | | 617.635.5129
Boston Aritist-in-Resident Salvador Jiménez-Flores & Josiah Quincy Elementary School students

Resilient Current is a printmaking installation that embraces the past and present immigrant communities that have transformed Chinatown. I like to think of kindness and generosity as a characteristic of emphasis for this project and as a way to speak against hatred, misogyny, and xenophobia. Through this art project, we want to embrace the diverse groups that have been part of the Chinatown community and provide hope, inclusion, and a sense of belonging for all immigrants, and most importantly, emphasize that we are all free, capable, and equal.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:00pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017 5:30pm

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Cultivate is a curated group show that uses food as a lens to examine cultural history, social equity, and the effects of globalization on communities. Food – how it is produced, the environmental conditions that make it sustainable, how it is consumed, the cultural practices related to it – has been the subject of art for centuries. From Northern Renaissance still life paintings, to Pop Art social metaphor, to contemporary relational aesthetics that spur social interaction, food remains an important subject of expression. The artists presented in Cultivate have chosen as their subjects elements that relate to all of these, while challenging viewers to consider our present relationship with what we consume as the fulcrum for our future relationships with one another, and with the environment.

Ass Grass or Gas
September 9 - October 21st

Tiger Strike Astroid
319 N Albany

Sparked by an interest in vanning culture, curators Josue Pellot and  Robin Dluzen explore the aesthetics of the sub-culture with this exhibition that encompasses wider ideas about taste, the vernacular, and the psychedelic. In the gallery, Josue Pellot, Robin Dluzen, Margaret Crowley, Salvador Dominguez, Salvador Jimenez-Flores, Jourdon Gullett, Chantal Johnson and Omar Velazquez contribute works that reference customization, the vintage forms and patterns of a particular eraof American-made vans, and the free-wheeling spirit that comes with complete immersion into a world with an alternate set of norms, values and attitudes.