FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- JULY 22, 2019

RABKIN FOUNDATION AWARDS $400,000 TO ART JOURNALISTS

Eight Visual Art Journalists Win $50,000 Each

Portland, Maine, July 22, 2019– The Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation grant program for visual art journalists has awarded grants of $50,000 each to eight writers: Mariela Fullana Acosta (San Juan, PR); Taylor Renee Aldridge (Detroit, MI); Sarah Hotchkiss (San Francisco, CA); Cara Ober (Baltimore, MD); Kristina Kay Robinson (New Orleans, LA); Andrew Russeth (New York, NY); Jennifer Shapland (Santa Fe, NM); and Catherine Wagley (Los Angeles, CA).

This year’s winning journalists publish regularly in Art News; Art in America; Artforum; Hyperallergic; New York Magazine; Flash Art; ARTS.BLACK; El Nuevo Dia; Primera Hora; The Magazine; KQED; Southern Exposure; Aperture; The New Yorker; CARLA; LA Times; Apollo; NY Times Magazine; LA Weekly; The Times Picayune; The Nation; Bmore Art; Elle; The New York Observer; Bijutsu Techno; 16 Miles of String; The Baltimore Sun; BurnAway; Momus; Detroit Metro Times; Tin House; Outside; Squarecylinder and other venues.

Participating Jurors were: Dennis Scholl, President and CEO Oolite Arts and former Vice-President and CEO of the Knight Foundation for Journalism; Rainey Knudson, Co-founder of Glasstire Magazine, Houston; and David Frankel, former Editorial Director, Publications, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and contributing editor to Artforum.

This is the third 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, even in his nineties, was an avid reader of the art press.  

“We award these prizes each summer with great joy and anticipation. Thanks to our very fine jury for making astute and heartfelt selections.  Today would have been Leo Rabkin’s 100thbirthday.  His embrace of writing and scholarship in the arts serves as a guide to our philanthropic program.  Dorothea’s special feeling for young people is reflected in this new generation of writers who are changing the discourse across our nation.  We hope these awards will help them achieve a long career in this most valuable profession.” Susan C. Larsen, Ph.D., Executive Director, Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation

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 is 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 207-536-1686or email  slarsen@rabkinfoundation.org or Danielle Frye, Executive Assistant dfrye@rabkinfoundation.org 

2019 Rabkin Prize Jurors: Dennis Scholl; Rainey Knudson and David Frankel

2019 Rabkin Prize Jurors: Dennis Scholl; Rainey Knudson and David Frankel

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ROBERTA SMITH, NEW YORK TIMES ART CRITIC, WINS FIRST RABKIN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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Photo by Alexandra Morrow, Portland, ME

Photo by Alexandra Morrow, Portland, ME

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Office:207-536-1686

Email:slarsen@rabkinfoundation.org

Portland, Maine, April 9, 2019—Our first Lifetime Achievement Award goes to
Roberta Smith, Co-Chief Art Critic of the New York Times. The breadth of Roberta
Smith’s inquiry and her impartial, accessible style has won her a loyal national readership. This award comes with a prize of $50,000 which, according to New York Times guidelines, Roberta Smith has donated to a charitable non-profit. Ms. Smith has chosen to give her prize to the Art for Justice Fund, which is dedicated to combating the injustices of mass incarceration through the collective action of artists, advocates and philanthropists.

In a recent interview, Roberta Smith described her career as one devoted to“responsibility and loyalty to the readers.” She stressed the importance of integrity and credibility to build a long career as a working art critic. Since joining the New York Times in 1991, she has written on every aspect of contemporary art, design, folk and outsider art, photography and much more. Roberta Smith has been responsible for building an audience for the art of the self-taught, for ceramic art, video art, digital art, systems of re-presentation and much more. Across many traditional boundaries, she has offered a frank, lovingly detailed assessment of new art and artists to her expansive readership. Hers is a voice listened to by millions of readers. Yet she also encourages her audiences to come to their own conclusions and expand their cultural vocabularies. On many occasions she said, humorously, that her goal was to “Get people out of the house to look at art.”

The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation, headquartered in Portland, Maine, gives annual prizes to eight visual art journalists from across the country. This is the first time the foundation has given a Lifetime Achievement Award. 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 New York City and had a wide circle of friends including artists, writers and curators. It was Leo’s wish that thefoundation assist art journalists who play a vital role in the art community nationwide.

Trustees of the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation are: Edgar Allen Beem, Brunswick, Maine (arts journalist, political columnist); Deborah Irmas, Los Angeles, California (writer, art historian, philanthropist); Nancy Karlins Thoman, Ph.D., New York (art historian, journalist). Susan C. Larsen, Ph.D., (art historian, curator) is executive director.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Danielle Frye, Executive Assistant, dfrye@rabkinfoundation.org

 
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Rabkin Foundation Awards $400,000 to Art Journalists

Participating jurors from left to right: Karen Wilkin, independent curator and art critic, & Atelier Head of Art History at the New York Studio School, NYC; Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Museum in Louisville, Kentucky; Lee Kaplan, founder of Arcana: Books on the Arts, Culver City, California.

Contact

Susan C. Larsen, Ph.D., Executive Director

Telephone

207-536-1686

Email

slarsen@rabkinfoundation.org or dfrye@rabkinfoundation.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- July 23, 2018

RABKIN FOUNDATION AWARDS $400,000 TO ART JOURNALISTS

EIGHT VISUAL ART JOURNALISTS WIN $50,000 EACH

Portland, Maine, July 23, 2018– The Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation program for visual art journalists has awarded prizes of $50,000 each to eight writers: Coco Fusco (NY & Miami, Florida); Sarah Rose Sharp (Detroit, Michigan); Lori Waxman (Chicago, Illinois); William O’Driscoll (Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania); Ray Mark Rinaldi (Denver, Colorado); Sebastian Smee (Boston, Massachusetts); Brett Sokol (Miami, Florida); Travis Diehl (Los Angeles, California).

This year’s winning journalists publish regularly in the Chicago Tribune; New York Times; Brooklyn Rail; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Artforum; Hyperallergic; Denver Post; Texte Zur Kunst; WQED-TV; Burnaway; One Good Eye; Art in America; Flash Art; Detroit Free Press; Infinite Mile; Frieze Magazine; Washington Post; Boston Globe; X-TRA; Garage; The Guardian; The Art Los Angeles Reader; Aperture; Dwell; Documenta; Objectiv; City Paper and Ocean Drive.

Participating Jurors were: Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Museum in Louisville, Kentucky; Lee Kaplan, founder of Arcana: Books on the Arts, Culver City, California; and Karen Wilkin, independent curator and art critic, & Atelier Head of Art History at the New York Studio School.

This is the second cycle of prizes 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 hadmany friends among the city’s art journalists and was an avid reader of the art press.

Leo valued the essential role of visual arts journalists in the fast-changing art world. He and Dorothea had several art writers as close friends and understood the financially precarious circumstances of many in the profession. Ours is an award for past achievement, but we also hope it will provide a bit of time for unfettered creativity, reflection, and renewal for those who are chosen each year,” said Susan C. Larsen Ph.D., Executive Director of the Rabkin Foundation and a longtime friend of both Leo and Dorothea.

The 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 askedto identify, “The essential visual art journalist working in your part of the country.” Candidates for theaward 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 is an annual program and the 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 2018 award Recipients: Click to download Bio's

 

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.

 
 

Contact

Susan C. Larsen, Ph.D., Executive Director

Telephone

207-536-1686

Email

slarsen@rabkinfoundation.org or dfrye@rabkinfoundation.org

 

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-Click to download Bio's


 

 

Rabkin Foundation 2018 Grants:  Folk and Outsider Art

We are pleased to announce the following grants given in calendar year 2018:

INTUIT:  The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, Illinois- Grant for catalogue accompanying the exhibition, Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow June, 2018-March 2021.  Exhibition travels to: La Halle Saint Pierre, Paris; The Prinzhorn Collection, Heidelberg; Collection De L'Art Brut, Lausanne; The Outsider Art Museum, Amsterdam.

Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland- Grant in support of an expansion of the museum's Journal.

The American Folk Art Museum, New York, New York- Grant for catalogue to accompany the exhibition, Made in New York: The Business of Art in the City. Curator and author, Elizabeth V. Warren.  To open March 2019.

Bates College, Lewiston, Maine- Grant in support of research and travel for faculty member, Dr. Myron Beasley, whose book, Disturbers of the Peace, is a study of living artists within the African Diaspora.  Dr. Beasley's research explores iconographic and cultural connections between African visual culture and related forms and practices in the Americas.  This study includes the work and ethnographic background of living folk and outsider artists.

 

 
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FOLK ART GRANT

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a grant program to support writing on folk and outsider art in America. Dorothea and Leo Rabkin were renowned and adventurous collectors in this field from the 1950s to the early 2000s. They were familiar figures to many of you. Others
have read about their support for museums, scholarly writing and exhibitions focused upon folk and outsider artists. We would like to encourage writing and publication on folk and outsider art, either as independent books and journal essays or as catalogues accompanying exhibitions. These cannot be the publications of commercial galleries.

The Rabkin Foundation grants can be used to support research, travel, writers’ fees, photography costs and production costs of publications. Our grant cycle deadlines and requirements are as follows:

-Two annual cycles and deadlines: December 1st; June 1st

-Grants announced: January 15; July 15

-Applicants must submit: A two-page description and summary of the topic and its relevance to the fields of American folk and outsider art.
A no more than two-page curriculum vita describing the qualifications and previous publications by the principal investigators.

-Until further notice we can only give awards to 501C-3 non-profit designated applicants. In the future we hope to be able to award to individual writers and researchers.

Rabkin Foundation grants are to be used to further writing and publications. They are not intended for general exhibition support. We welcome proposals that feature folk and outsider artists in broader projects where they are part of a spectrum of artists, historical or contemporary.

Each cycle we anticipate funding several grants in the range of $5,000-$10,000. Our jury will decide solely upon the merits of individual proposals and may choose to fund fewer or more in a given grant cycle. Winners will be required to submit a progress report and final report on the funded project.

We hope to add to the ongoing vitality of this important area of American art. We look forward to receiving and reading your proposals. Further information can be found on the foundation’s website: www.rabkinfoundation.org

Best wishes,

Nancy Karlins Thoman, President, & Susan C. Larsen, Executive Director

On the left: LOUIS MONZA, Lady Liberty, 1945, Oil on Canvas, Born, Turate, Italy; Died, Redondo Beach, CA, Active in NYC to 1948, from the Rabkin Collection