December 18, 2010 - Harpo Foundation - Announces grantees and calls for applications
December 18, 2010

Announces grantees and calls for applications

Harpo 2010 grantee, Michael Mercil, “The Virtual Pasture” (detail of sheep and LED Monitor).

Announces grantees and calls for applications

Three Announcements:
1. 2010 Grant Recipients)
2. 2011 Grant Cycle and Deadline
3. New Fellowship Program

1. Since 2007, the Foundation’s grant program has awarded 10-14 non-profit institutions annually with funds to support the production of new work by visual artists. In 2010 the Foundation initiated a thematic focus to explore the relationship between art and site in a dematerializing world. We are pleased to announce the 12 projects that received support:

Theaster Gates / Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Lara Schnitger / Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
James Benning / Art Resources Transfer, New York, NY
Nick Tobier / Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI
Cindy Bernard / Foundation for Art Resources, Los Angeles, CA
Spectres of Liberty / Franklin Furnace, Brooklyn, NY
Postcommodity / Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Michael Mercil / Stratford Ecological Center, Delaware, OH
Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker / TeoréTica, San José , Costa Rica
Michel De Broin / The Third of May Arts Inc., Toronto, Ontario
Ernesto Oroza / The Vizcayans (on behalf of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens), Miami, FL
Swoon / Transformazium / Braddock Redux // Transformazium, Braddock, PA

2. In 2011, Harpo Foundation will continue the 2010 thematic focus but with a renewed emphasis on projects that directly address the interchange and dialogue between the existential and the virtual. Wanting to expand our understanding of the role each play in contemporary life, artistic projects that grapple with the dialectic between the non-locality of the digital world and the existential physicality of our everyday environment will be considered first. Projects that put these two worlds into dialogue with each other, so as to comment upon each other and allow the qualities of each experience to be illuminated, are of specific interest to the Foundation.
Proposal Deadline: April 15, 2011

3. The Harpo Foundation Native American Fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center is being established to support the development of visual artists and the potential for inter-cultural dialog. Annually, two Native American artists living in the U.S. will receive a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center, which will include room and board, a private studio, and a 500 USD travel stipend.
Proposal Deadline: February 15 for a 2011 residency.

For applications and additional information about the fellowship program, visit, or contact David Grozinsky ( at 802 635-2727 at the Vermont Studio Center.

Visit Harpo’s website at for more information about the Foundation’s past grant recipients, proposal guidelines, and process.

Julie Deamer, Executive Director
Harpo Foundation
4423-1/2 Mont Eagle Place
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Fax: 00 +(1) 323-254-0532

*Image above:
Courtesy of the Stratford Ecological Center and the Wexner Art Center.

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