Rabkin Foundation Awards $400,000 to Art Journalists

Eight Visual Art Journalists Win $50,000 Each

From left to Right: Jurors Lisa Gabrielle Mark, Publisher at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Paul Ha, Director of the List Visual Arts Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Walter Robinson, artist, art critic, and former editor from New York City.

 
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2017

Rabkin Foundation awards $400,000 to art journalists

Eight Visual Art Journalists Win $50,000 Each

Portland, Maine, July 17, 2017– A new grant program for visual art journalists has awarded grants of $50,000 each to eight writers:  Phong Bui (Brooklyn, New York); Charles Desmarais (San Francisco, California); Bob Keyes (Portland, Maine); Jason Farago (New York, New York); Jeff Huebner (Chicago, Illinois); Carolina Miranda (Los Angeles, California); Christina Rees (Dallas, Texas); and Chris Vitiello (Durham, North Carolina). (Photos & Bios below)

“These are the brave ones, the writers who live by their work and say what they think,” said juror Lisa Gabrielle Mark, Publisher at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Other participating jurors were Paul Ha, Director of the List Visual Arts Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Walter Robinson, artist, art critic, and former editor from New York City.

This year’s winning journalists publish regularly in the:  New York Times; San Francisco Chronicle; Los Angeles Times; The Brooklyn Rail; Glasstire; Hyperallergic; Portland Press-Herald; Chicago Reader; Artforum; Lucky Peach; Art News; Art in America; The Guardian; Indyweek and other venues. 

This is the inaugural cycle of grants provided by the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation of Portland, Maine.  Leo Rabkin was an artist who worked and exhibited in New York City for sixty years. His wife, Dorothea, joined with Leo to create a landmark collection of American folk and outsider art.  They lived in Chelsea and had a wide circle of friends including artists, writers and curators in New York City and beyond.  Dorothea Rabkin (1921-2008) emigrated to the United States from Berlin, Germany, after World War II having been hidden throughout the war accompanied by her twin sister.  She grew to love America for its cultural and artistic freedom.  Leo Rabkin died in 2015 at the age of ninety-five.  He had many friends among the city’s art journalists and was an avid reader of the art press. 

 

“Leo wanted to create a program that would encourage writers to stay in the profession and be supported and appreciated,” said Susan C. Larsen Ph.D., Executive Director of the Rabkin Foundation and a longtime friend of both Leo and Dorothea.

 

The grant program is by nomination only.  A distinguished group of sixteen nominators, working in the visual arts in all parts of the country, provided the list of potential winners.  The nominators were asked to identify, “The essential visual art journalist working in your part of the country.”  Candidates for the award submitted two recent articles and a brief curriculum vita.  Our jury considered each one and deliberated together in Portland in mid-July to come up with the final list.  Writers can be re-nominated and are eligible until they win a Rabkin Prize in Visual Arts Journalism.  This will be an annual program and central initiative of the foundation.

Trustees of the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation are:  Edgar Allen Beem, Portland, Maine (arts journalist, political columnist); Deborah Irmas, Los Angeles, California (writer, art historian, philanthropist); Nancy Karlins Thoman, Ph.D. New York, New York (art historian, journalist).  # # #

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Susan C. Larsen, Ph.D., Executive Director  at 207-536-1686 or email  slarsen@rabkinfoundation.org or Danielle Frye, Executive Assistant dfrye@rabkinfoundation.org 

 

 

Our 2017 RABKIN grant recipients