Fulcrum Fund Grant Program

Joanna Keane Lopez


Now in its second year, the Fulcrum Fund is an annual grant program of 516 ARTS, as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The Fulcrum Fund is one of eleven re-granting programs developed and facilitated by organizations in Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco.

In 2017, the Fulcrum Fund aims to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that are open and accessible to the public. In accordance with the mission of 516 ARTS to forge connections between art and audiences, the Fulcrum Fund seeks to support artists and projects that generate meaningful shared experiences that are created in a collaborative spirit. These awards serve as springboards for artistic processes that are adventurous, experimental and forward thinking, while celebrating projects that do not fit into the traditional museum and gallery systems.

2017 FULCRUM FUND AWARDS:

516 ARTS announces 13 local artists to receive at total of $60,000  from the Fulcrum Fund this year. They were selected from the 127 proposals submitted by applicants from 16 cities in an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque. The jurors were; Kerry Doyle, Director and Chief Curator, Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas, El Paso; René Morales, Curator, Perez Art Museum, Miami; and Lowery Stokes Sims, Independent Curator and  Art Historian, New York. They selected the following projects:

JAZMYN CROSBY
Albuquerque  
GRAFT Gallery/Collective  
$5,000
GRAFT is a gallery space in the Barelas neighborhood run by a collective of five artists whose goal is to provide artists with the freedom to experiment with non-commercial, site-specific and ephemeral work. They present unconventional, thought-provoking art to a broad public audience. The project includes new exhibitions, programming, and public events at the gallery for the next 10 months and will support the expansion of existing programming to include professional development and skill-share workshops.  

DIANA DELGADO
Albuquerque  
So This is Art  
$5,000
So This Is Art (STIA) is an experimental art collaboration that creates original performances through a collaborative process that utilizes public input to generate specific types of information or raw material from which the show will be created. The project includes a performance and its subsequent documentation that will be used to promote free workshops and STIA’s continued artistic practice. 

CALEY DENNIS
Santa Fe  
Radical Abacus  
$5,000
Radical Abacus is an artist-run, DIY exhibition space in a converted warehouse in the Siler/Rufina industrial zone of Santa Fe. They aim to encourage the making and showing of rigorous work by emerging artists with an emphasis on experimental and installation-based art. Funding will support the presentation of 6 public exhibitions over the course of a year, as well as a handful of additional one-night performances and screenings.  

RAY HERNANDEZ DURAN
Albuquerque  
The Alchemical Trace: Transformation and Resilience in Recent Work by LGBTQIA Artists   
 $5,000
This exhibition is meant to open in conjunction with the 15th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the largest event of its kind in this region of the country. With a focus on community resistance and survival, the exhibition will include recent work by a diverse group of emerging LGBTQIA artists from NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, L.A., Las Vegas, and Albuquerque. They address themes of healing, growth, memory and persistence in their art. In addition to the exhibition, there will be a lecture series, art film screenings and an exhibition catalog that will be free to the public.

JOANNA KEANE LOPEZ
Albuquerque  
Resolana  
$3,500
Resolana is a public art project composed of a south-facing, half-mooned adobe wall embedded with mirrors that reflects the audience and landscape. Derived from the New Mexican term that means “the place where the sun shines,” Resolana will act as a public art space for dialogue and performance and as a place in the community where people can gather to converse, share and reflect. 

BLACKHORSE LOWE
Albuquerque  
Dancing Earth Documentary  
$5,000
Dancing Earth is an indigenous contemporary dance company created by Rulan Tangen, internationally regarded dance artist, independent dancer/performance artist, and actress, and founding artistic director/choreographer of Dancing Earth, a grass roots, project-based Indigenous contemporary dance initiative. Funding for this project will go toward the creation of a full-length documentary focusing on the artistic process of creating, collaborating and articulating movement from beginning to end.

MANUEL MONTOYA
Albuquerque  
Vessels & Voids  
$3,000
Vessels and Voids is a podcast about the intersections of globalization and creativity. Each episode explores a void in our world along with an exploration of vessels that we use to orient ourselves and create meaning. From natural and man-made voids (oceans, deserts and failing nation-states) to literal and abstract vessels (ships, borders, art, objects, money and Marvel Avengers), this podcast weaves together artist perspectives, community voices, academic research, classic literature and popular culture (visual, material and musical) in pursuit of answering timeless questions about meaning, truth, creativity and connection.

SHANNON MURPHY
Santa Fe  
The Art of the Machine  
$5,000
The Art of the Machine is a block-party-style event that showcases artists, makers, creators, performers, crafts people and mad scientists who work at the intersection of art and machine. The event takes place within the Siler/Rufina Nexus, the industrial district in the heart of Santa Fe where artists of all kinds work alongside tradespeople and mechanics, who are drawn by the availability of low-cost space. The Art of the Machine celebrates the identity of the district and highlights the creative potential of the overlap between its contrasting subcultures by showcasing machine-centric visual, functional and performative art.  

CANDY NARTONIS
Albuquerque  
Migrations   
$5,000
Migrations is an exhibition and series of events that seeks to contextualize and document the current public debate about immigration and sanctuary. The exhibition will take place at the Sanitary Tortilla Factory in early 2018.

AMY PILLING
Santa Fe  
Life Arts Laboratory  
$5,000
Life Arts Laboratory (LAL) is a modular, mobile studio for artists. It allows for the experimentation with and the creation of artworks inspired by living organisms and nature’s processes. Designed as a mobile, reusable kit, numerous art projects and institutions may use LAL. LAL will be loaned to artists or organizations so that the public can access hard-to-find materials and equipment to create artwork and exhibitions inspired by nature and scientific observation.

AHNI ROCHELEAU
Santa Fe  
Stand 
$3,500
Confluence Collective, a core partner for the Equal Justice artist residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in April 2018, will convene artists and regional indigenous environmental activists to plan a participatory sculptural installation/performance. Consisting of sculptural objects, human bodies wearing art based attire and multi-media projection, Stand will express an aesthetic, yet studied response to the history of environmental racism in New Mexico’s energy sacrifice zones of the Greater Chaco region. This project aims to galvanize action for greater climate justice and to raise consciousness around issues of safe air and water, as well as a habitable environment and climate.

BUCKET SILER
Santa Fe  
Santa Fe Zine Fest   
$5,000
Santa Fe Zine Fest hosts a yearly free festival that celebrates zines, comics and other forms of alternative press and DIY media with the goal of encouraging a greater community between diverse creators of independent publications and art in Northern New Mexico. Now in its second year, the festival spans over 24 zine publishers, showcasing their independently published art, illustration, photography, comics, poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

NANCY ZASTUDIL
Albuquerque  
Visiting Curator Series  
$5,000
Independent curator Nancy Zastudil will initiate a Visiting Curator Series by inviting three curators to visit Albuquerque to meet with numerous local artists for the purpose of increasing their exhibition opportunities and professional relationships. Artists will be selected through an open call from which the visiting curators will select the artists to visit. Each visiting curator will give a public talk that incorporates their experiences with the local artists with whom they have interacted.

 
2017 JURORS:

516 ARTS Fulcrum Fund Juror Kerry DoyleKERRY DOYLE is the Director and Chief Curator of the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso. Doyle specializes in curatorial projects that are interdisciplinary, participatory and performative, with a special focus on the US-Mexico border as subject and site. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from De Paul University, Chicago, and a B.A. in Drawing and Printmaking and M.A. in Latin American and Border Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was a 2014 graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute and 2009 Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute for Latino Museum Studies.

 

unnamed 2RENÉ MORALES is Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (formerly Miami Art Museum), where he has organized nearly 40 exhibitions. Prior to PAMM/MAM, Morales worked at The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design and interned in the Painting and Sculpture department of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Morales earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Art History from Brown University.
 

unnamed 3LOWERY STOKES SIMS, recently named one of the Most Influential Curators by Artsy, is the retired Curator Emerita at the Museum of Arts and Design. She served as Executive Director and then President of The Studio Museum in Harlem and was on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, she is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists. Sims holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate School of the City University of New York and has received seven honorary degrees. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Queens College, City University of New York, and a M.A. in Art History from Johns Hopkins University.

 

 2016 FULCRUM FUND AWARDS

 

Image: Joanna Keane Lopez, Persist, Repeat, Reflect, 2017, adobe brick, mirror, lime wash & mica. 15 x5 x 8 feet