The Fulcrum Fund awards $93,600 to NM artists

Thirteen light pointNew Mexico artists won a total of $93,600 in grants from the Fulcrum Fund this year.

Administered by 516 ARTS, funding comes from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with a portion from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation for the Arts. Nominations came from 105 artists from 18 New Mexico cities. This year’s guest jurors were Laura Copelin (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Arizona, and Ballroom Marfa, a contemporary art space in Marfa, Texas), Kathleen Ash-Milby (Navajo), Oregon’s Portland Art Museum, and Marvella Muro (Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles).

Grants range from $3,500 to $10,000, said fund manager Claude Smith.

“In the submission pool, there are a lot of people who want to do projects on time and deep thought,” Smith said. “I wonder if any of this is related to the pandemic and how art can play a role in mediating this trauma.”

Other topics include the environment and climate change.

The Fulcrum Fund serves as a support structure for artists to expand existing work and explore new directions. It is meant to be a springboard for experimental art projects that might not be suitable for traditional museums and galleries.

In 2020 and early 2021, 516 ARTS disbursed $321,000 to 255 artists and arts spaces statewide through the Warhol Foundation and the Frederick Hammersley Foundation, playing a key role in relief efforts in pandemic case.

The jurors selected the following proposals:

• JC Gonzo, Santa Fe, Cuidado. An independent, self-published zine featuring emerging artists based in the Southwest.

• Tytianna Harris (Navajo), Albuquerque, Native American Southwest. Abstract-experimental textile work examining the lifestyles and design of indigenous cultures in our region.

• Jessica Krichels, Albuquerque, Pressing Letters: A Collaboration of Literary Broadsides. Handmade literary edges on typography created by collaborations.

• Akilah Martinez (Navajo), Gallup, DigiNewMex. A virtual environment connecting New Mexicans through a magical immersive digital landscape.

“Wedding Dress Bodice with Pinto Bean Fabric”, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas. Pageant scarf for winner Refried Rosi Frijoles. (Courtesy of Rosemary Meza-DesPlas)

• Dylan McLaughlin (Diné), Albuquerque, Live Son. An experimental musical composition and a performative installation.

• Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Farmington, Miss Nalgas USA 2022. Artwork featuring a fake beauty pageant for self-identifying Latinas over 50.

• Karl Orozco and Michael Lopez, Albuquerque, Risolana. A community studio Risograph (a brand of digital duplicators) celebrating the power of engraving as a tool for community dialogue.

• Nayeli Navarro and Elsa Lopez, Pecos, Weaving back to Center/Tejiendo de regreso al centro. A creative, multilingual community art practice revitalizing the traditional art form of backstrap weaving.

Adrian Pinnecoose (Navajo and Southern Ute), digitally designed and 3D printed jewelry. (Courtesy of Adrian Pinnecoose)

• Adrian Pinnecoose (Navajo and Southern Ute), Albuquerque, Collective Balance. Showcasing digital applications and fabrications in Indigenous art.

• Sara Rivera, Albuquerque, Between nacer and caminar. A large-scale text sculpture made from molded plaster toys found in Albuquerque childcare centers.

• Justin Rhody, Santa Fe, movie theater with no name. No Name Cinema is a microcinema dedicated to the distribution of experimental, avant-garde and underground films and videos.

• We Are Longing for a Future (collective), Albuquerque. A multi-phase project featuring a group of queer, trans and indigenous artists.

• Adrian Wall (Jemez Pueblo), Ponderosa Reconnecting – Time, Self and the Celestial. A site-specific mixed-media sculptural installation.

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