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Joan Mitchell Foundation
2015 painters and scluptors grant recipients

December 2015

Joan Mitchell Foundation announces the 2015 Painters & Sculptors Grant Recipients

December 22, 2015

New York, NY - The Joan Mitchell Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-five recipients of the 2015 Painters & Sculptors Grant Program in the amount of $25,000 each.  


Seth Alverson, Houston, TX 
Tyanna Buie, Detroit, MI
Dawn Clements, Brooklyn, NY
Elena del Rivero, New York, NY
Jim Denomie, Franconia, MN
Celia Eberle, Ennis, TX
Carlos Estevez, Miami, FL
Amir H. Fallah, Los Angeles, CA
Scherezade Garcia, Brooklyn, NY
Heidi Lau, New York, NY
Faheem Majeed, Chicago, IL
Charles McGill, Peekskill, NY
Stas Orlovski, Los Angeles, CA
Ebony G. Patterson, Lexington, KY
James Perrin, Nashville, TN
Amy Pleasant, Birmingham, AL
Lina Puerta, New York, NY
Nathaniel Robinson, Brewster, NY
Paul Rucker, Baltimore, MD
Tracey Snelling, Oakland, CA
Claire Stigliani, New York, NY & Knoxville, TN
Lava Thomas, Berkeley, CA
Vincent Valdez, San Antonio, TX
Stephanie Wilde, Boise, ID
Jave Yoshimoto, Omaha, NE


The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality through unrestricted career support. The first year of grants was awarded in 1994 and the Foundation has funded individual artists annually since that time.

Nominators from across the country are invited to recommend artists whom they feel deserve more recognition for their creative achievements and whose practice would significantly benefit from the grant. The candidates' images were viewed for consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel that convened this fall at the office of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and arts administrators.

Established in 1993, the Joan Mitchell Foundation is an artist-endowed non-profit organization. The Foundation celebrates the legacy of Joan Mitchell and expands her vision to support the aspirations and development of diverse contemporary artists. We work to broaden the recognition of artists and their essential contributions to communities and society.


For more information on the Joan Mitchell Foundation and its recipients, please visit our website at  


The Melting World:
Dittmar Gallery
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

06/25/2015 - 08/10/2015

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Painter and multimedia artist Jave Yoshimoto's chaotic and colorful figurative scrolls draw attention to the magnitude of natural disasters. They depict jarring scenes that overwhelm the viewer with the necessity of empathy, remembrance and compassion.

Yoshimoto's nine-piece "Disaster" series, along with 11 works from his preceding "Godzilla invading" series, will be featured in the June 25 through Aug. 9 exhibition, "The Melting World" at Northwestern University's Dittmar Memorial Gallery.

Free and open to the public, the exhibition and a 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 25 opening reception, will take place at the gallery, located on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus.



Yoshimoto uses art as a communication tool for developing culture and community. He also explores the lasting news in the information era and the social memory of tragedy.

Made in Mind Magazine:

Spring 2015

The following is an interview with Made in Mind magainze, an online and paper publication that interviews contemporary artists.  Please click on the following link below or image on the left to be led to the interview.

Footing the Bill:
Art works for Change

September 2015

Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint (Part I)


Part I of a two-part exhibition addressing the urgent need to live sustainably within Earth's finite resources


As human population and consumption grow, we will make ever-increasing demands upon the forests, pastures, cropland, fisheries and other biologically productive areas of this planet we call home. Today, humanity uses the equivalent of 1.6 planets to satisfy our demands for natural resources and waste absorption, and we are on track to require the resources of two planets well before mid-century. Art Works For Change, along with our partners at Global Footprint Network, Earth Day Network and World Wildlife Fund, invite you to explore these issues through the unique lens of contemporary art.

Guernica Magazine Interview:
"A Changeless Place"

June 15, 2016

Man, animal, and the elements: none are spared in artist Jave Yoshimoto’s scenes of technicolor wreckage. Outsized wildlife hint at a surreal eschatology, but a second look confirms that this is indubitably the present we inhabit, and, as disasters proliferate, increasingly our future. In the piece “Evanescent Encounter,” a man cleans pools of oil from the shore, under a bright red sky, as Godzilla watches haplessly from the water. An oil rig aflame in the ocean emits plumes of smoke that envelop a textual call and response: “Where would you possibly go? I am seeking a changeless place.” But no such place exists in Yoshimoto’s paper tableaus.

Yoshimoto captures cities in the aftermath of natural and manmade disasters using scale and a flat graphic style, which he characterizes as easily digestible, the better to rouse viewers to action. He bridles against a flavor-of-the-moment approach to catastrophe and disaster relief, and seeks to create an awareness of the destruction that persists in locales ranging from Fukushima to New Orleans. These are works—some small and others monumental, as the thirty-foot painting that captures Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami—of struggle and also of survival. Yoshimoto, a trained art therapist, means to create links of empathy—between audiences and the subjects of his pieces, and between the world and himself.

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