Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts announces 2017 Artist Project Grants


The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts has announced the awardees of its second annual Artist Project Grants, which supports innovative and difficult projects with artists at Los Angeles nonprofit institutions and organizations. The eight recipients were chosen through a competitive application process by a panel of artists, curators, and art writers, which included Charles Gaines, Gene Moreno, Frances Stark, Astria Suparak, and Jan Tumlir. In total, the 2017 award provides $319,000 to cover project-related expenses, allow for a modest portion of the organization’s overhead costs, and provide a dedicated fee for the participating artists.

“When Mike Kelley established the Foundation in 2007, he aimed to encourage expansiveness and fearlessness in all disciplines. As funding for the arts is shrinking, this charge is more vital than ever. It is an honor to be able to support and celebrate the artists and the arts organizations that will present these remarkable projects,” said Mary Clare Stevens, Executive Director of the Foundation.

This year’s grantees for the initiative’s second year include: Human Resources/356 S. Mission Rd. for GesammttkkunnsttMeshuggahhLaandtttt, an exhibition and series of solo and collaborative performances by artist Charlemagne Palestine; LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and the California Historical Society as part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, ¡Murales Rebeldes!: L.A. Chicana/o Murals Under Siege; Galileo by The Industry, Chalk Circles at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), the world-premiere of James Tenney’s Changes: 64 Studies for 6 Harps at The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS),  a solo exhibition of new work by lauren woods at University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach, Regeneración: Three Generations of Revolutionary Ideology at the Vincent Price Art Museum, and Ron Athey’s Gifts of the Spirit: Auto da Fe at the Pasadena Arts Council/Volume.