The Artist’s Resource Trust Awards $125,000 in Grants Deadline for New Applications is August 1, 2013

The Artist’s Resource Trust Awards $125,000 in Grants Deadline for New Applications is August 1, 2013

June 12, 2013 - The Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.), a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, today announced the August 1, 2013 deadline for applications. In 2012, grants of $125,000 were awarded to 20 individual artists and 8 arts organizations throughout New England, selected from a pool of 117 applications. A.R.T. annually awards grants to mid-career New England visual artists who are in financial need and to nonprofit organizations wishing to commission or purchase work by mid-career artists living in New England. Since its inception in 1996, A.R.T has awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to support art in New England. The committee that reviews applications and awards grants is comprised of accomplished artists, curators and museum directors. The fund rewards excellence in art and recognizes mid-career artists both financially and through validation by their peers.

“It is the rare program that supports the nourishment of our region’s artists,” said Jennifer Dowley, President of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. “A.R.T has been heroic in doing so for so many years.”

Local organizations that received grants from the A.R.T fund in 2012 are:

  • Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA: to support ongoing series of work by New England mid-career artists including mixed media artist Jason Middlebrook whose work will be showcased in a solo exhibit of mostly new works from his series of landscape paintings on wood planks – the wood is obtained from mills in both New York and Massachusetts. Also, a host of established filmmakers from New England will exhibit short films as part of MassMoCA’s “One Minute Film Festival: 10 years” exhibition.
  • SculptureNow, Becket, MA: to present a five-month juried exhibition of large-scale, outdoor sculptures at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox, MA. 16-22 new sculptures will be sited throughout the beautiful and historic estate.

SculptureNow’s annual juried shows have been presented for 15 years at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and in the streets and parks of Great Barrington, Housatonic, Lenox, Stockbridge and Lee.

In 2012, A.R.T. also awarded grants to the following museums and art centers throughout New England:

  • ArtSpace, New Haven, CT
  • Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
  • DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
  • Mixit Print Studios, Somerville, MA
  • Space Gallery, Portland, ME
  • Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Twenty individual artists received grants. Local grantees include:

  • Joel Foster, Wassaic, NY: as a member of the Blind Artists Society, he has been asked to exhibit his paintings at the headquarters of Bausch and Lomb in Rochester, New York. The grant will assist with all aspects of this exhibit.
  • Sean Riley, North Adams, MA: to work on Everyday Will Be Sunday, a project that involved using his father’s wardrobe to create works of art that, along with painting and sculpture, will be a monument to him, their relationship and the experience of losing someone close.

“My aspiration is to make great art and be able to make a living whilst doing so; this grant is bringing me closer to realizing that goal,” said Sean Riley. “Not only is this grant a validation of my art work but it is a financial boost to my career as an artist. I am honored to have received a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust.”

The other individual grantees are:

  • Sophia Ainslie, Arlington, MA
  • Nancy Berlin, Truro, MA
  • Paul Bowen, Williamsville, VT
  • Edie Bresler, Somerville, MA
  • Ria Brodell, Jamaica Plain, MA
  • Pelle Cass, Brookline, MA
  • Cynthia Consentino, Northampton, MA
  • Lourdes Corrrea-Carlo, Hartford, CT
  • Tim de Christopher, Turners Falls, MA
  • Courtney Jordan, Chelsea, MA
  • David Leblanc, Lowell, MA
  • Clara Lieu, West Newton, MA
  • Young Min Moon, Amherst, MA
  • Lorna Ritz, Amherst, MA
  • Morgan Russell, Hingham, MA
  • Blake Shirley, Manchester, CT
  • Naoe Suzuki, Waltham, MA
  • Michael Wilson, Waltham, MA

View work from the 2012 individual grantees and organizations.

Applications are available for individuals and organizations.

Artist’s Resource Trust was established in 1996 to provide grants to talented mid-career visual artists who have demonstrated substantial commitment and who have a financial need. A.R.T. provides funds for New England, Columbia and northeast Dutchess Counties, NY nonprofit organizations and individuals to purchase, exhibit or commission work by mature (aged 35 or older) artists living in New England, Columbia or northeast Dutchess Counties, NY. A.R.T. is a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. BTCF manages the operations of the A.R.T.

For over 25 years, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has built stronger communities and helped donors make a difference through charitable giving in northwest Litchfield County, CT; Berkshire County, MA; and Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY. Each year, the foundation distributes over $7 million through grants and scholarships to nonprofits and individuals in the arts and education, health and human services and environmental protection. Berkshire Taconic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. You can make a difference. We can help.


From left: 1Berkshire President and CEO Jonathan Butler, Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation Board President Jay Anderson, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, EforAll CEO David Parker, and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation President Peter Taylor.

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