“These are artists with the passion, talent and the restlessness that never makes them stop. They HAVE TO make art not just for themselves…but for all of US.” Herb Alpert

Various NYFA Artists have received grants and awards and we are excited to congratulate them on their success and share some of their recent work and projects with you.

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation in New York City recently announced the selection of twelve artists to receive its 39th annual Individual Support grants, out of which three artists are previous NYFA Fellows. A panel of five independent jurors decided on the recipients of an award of $25,000 and the following NYFA artists were amongst them:

1. Pam Butler (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books ’97)
From 2012-2013 Pam was also awarded by the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation a studio space in Brooklyn.

2. Martha Diamond (Fellow in Painting ’85)
Martha’s work is part of national and international collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, and Staatliche Museum in Berlin, Germany amongst others.

3. Kim Jones (Fellow in Performance Art/Multidisc. Work ’93)
Kim will also be part of two upcoming exhibitions Drawing in LA: The 1690s and 1970s at LACMA, Los Angeles, CA (May 10 – August 2) and Rock, Paper, Scissors: Drawn from the Joann Gonzales Hickey Collection, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (May 15 – November 1).

For more information about Individual Support grants from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, visit their website:

The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts is an unrestricted prize of $75,000 given annually to five risk-taking mid-career artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts. This year three out of the five prizes have been awarded to NYFA Artists:

1. Maria Hassabi (Fiscally Sponsored Artist Project)
Maria is also currently working on her NYFA Fiscally Sponsored Artist Project PLASTIC that is commissioned by The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

2. Taylor Mac (Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work ’09)
Taylor is currently performing in the world premiere of The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville with the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.

3. Tania Bruguera (Immigrant Artist Program ‘11)
Tania is the first winner in the 20-year-history of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, who won’t be able to attend the presentation ceremony for political reasons. Read why in the LA Times article featuring the Herb Alpert Award winners by clicking here.

Pam Butler, Martha Diamond, Kim Jones and Taylor Mac are NYFA Fellows in their respective disciplines. NYFA Artists’ Fellowships are cash awards of $7,000 made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. Read more about the program here.

Image: Maria Hassabi (Fiscally Sponsored Artist Project), PLASTIC (2015) Installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, January 31-March 1, 2015. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Thomas Poravas.

Amy Aronoff
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