Fulcrum Fund Grant Program

Joanna Keane Lopez

View the Fulcrum Fund Catalog here.

Now in its second year,  the annual grant program was created by 516 ARTS, a nonprofit, independent contemporary art museum, in response to an invitation from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to join their Regional Regranting Program. 516 ARTS is now part of a movement of leading cultural institutions that seek to strengthen vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity in communities across the country.

The Fulcrum Fund supports the development and presentation of independent, artist-led projects and programs that do not always fit into traditional museum and gallery systems. Each year, 516 ARTS awards a minimum of $60,000 to artists and curators based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque. To date, it has granted a total of $110,000 to 24 projects. The Fulcrum Fund is one of 11 re-granting programs developed and facilitated by organizations in BaltimoreChicagoHoustonKansas CityMiamiMinneapolisNew OrleansPortland (OR)Portland (ME) and San Francisco have altogether has supported well over 350 independent art projects in the past ten years, granting more than 3.4 million dollars.

The Fulcrum Fund awards are selected by visiting guest jurors who are esteemed curators and arts professionals. 2016 jurors were: Romi Crawford, Ph.D., School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Al Miner, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Joey Reyes, Movimento de Arte y Cultural Latino Americana (MACLA), San Jose, California. 2017 jurors were: Kerry Doyle, Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas, El Paso; René Morales, Pérez Art Museum, Miami; and Lowery Stokes Sims, Ph.D., independent curator and retired Curator Emerita, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York.

The next call for proposals to the Fulcrum Fund will be announced in the spring of 2018. During the submissions period, 516 ARTS will offer public information sessions for artists interested in applying.

2017 PROJECTS:

GRAFT Gallery/Collective 
Lead Artist: Jazmyn Crosby, Albuquerque 
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 ten months of new exhibitions, programming and public events at the gallery and supports the expansion of existing programming to include professional development and skill-share workshops. (Although Jazmyn Crosby applied as the lead artist for this grant, the collective specifies that it does not have a leader.)

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

Radical Abacus
Lead Artist: Caley Dennis, Santa Fe 
Radical Abacus is an artist-run, DIY exhibition space in a converted warehouse in the Siler/Rufina industrial zone of Santa Fe. It aims to encourage the making and showing of rigorous work by emerging artists with an emphasis on experimental and installation-based art. Funding supports the presentation of six public exhibitions over the course of a year, as well as additional one-night performances and screenings. 

The Alchemical Trace: Transformation and Resilience in Recent Work by LGBTQIA Artists
Lead Artist/Curator: Ray Hernández Durán, Albuquerque 
The Alchemical Trace: Transformation and Resilience in Recent Work by LGBTQIA Artists was an exhibit 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 included recent work by a diverse group of emerging LGBTQIA artists from New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Albuquerque. Their work addressed themes of healing, growth, memory and persistence. In addition to the exhibition, a lecture series and film screenings were held and an exhibition catalog was published.

Resolana
Lead Artist: Joanna Keane Lopez, Albuquerque  
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 acts 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.

Dancing Earth Documentary 
Lead Artist: Blackhorse Lowe, Albuquerque 
Dancing Earth is an indigenous contemporary dance company created by Rulan Tangen, internationally regarded dance artist, independent dancer/performance artist and actress. She is the founding artistic director/choreographer of Dancing Earth, a grassroots, project-based Indigenous contemporary dance initiative. Funding for this project supports the creation of a full-length documentary focusing on the artistic process of creating, collaborating and articulating movement from beginning to end.

Vessels & Voids
Lead Artist: Manuel Montoya, Albuquerque 
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.

The Art of the Machine
Lead Artist: Shannon Murphy, Santa Fe
The Art of the Machine is a block-party-style event that showcases artists, makers, creators, performers, craftspeople 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 overlap between its contrasting subcultures by showcasing machine-centric visual, functional and performative art. 

Migrations
Lead Artist: Candy Nartonis, Albuquerque  
Migrations is an exhibit at The Sanitary Tortilla Factory and a series of events that seek to contextualize and document the current public debate about immigration and sanctuary. This site-specific installation features photos, collected papers, and recorded stories of local people who are in sanctuary now, are undocumented, or have family stories of migration. Individuals and families have the opportunity to make images and write or tell their own stories. A large screen shows videos by Reed Perkins of world migration movements.

Life Arts Laboratory
Lead Artist: Amy Pilling, Santa Fe 
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. It is loaned to artists and organizations so that the public can access hard-to-find materials and equipment to create artwork and exhibitions inspired by nature and scientific observation.

Stand
Lead Artist: Ahni Rocheleau, Santa Fe
Confluence Collective, a core partner for the Equal Justice artist residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in April 2018, is convening 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 expresses 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.

Santa Fe Zine Fest 
Lead Artist: Bucket Siler, Santa Fe
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.

Visiting Curator Series 
Lead Artist/Curator: Nancy Zastudil, Albuquerque 
Independent curator Nancy Zastudil is initiating a Visiting Curator Series by inviting three curators to Albuquerque to meet with numerous local artists for the purpose of increasing their exhibition opportunities and professional relationships. Artists are selected through an open call from which the visiting curators select the artists to visit. Each visiting curator gives a public talk that incorporates their experiences with the local artists with whom they have interacted.

 2016 PROJECTS:

The Edible Carnival 
Lead Artist: Russell Bauer, Albuquerque 
The Edible Carnival is an ongoing sculptural research project in the form of a traveling farm comprised of surreal and spectacular implements of agriculture, food handling and food distribution. It is an exploration of new and old technologies, performed and explained for a wide audience. In addition to staging The Edible Carnival in public locations for demonstrations and viewer interaction, artist Russell Bauer created an open source database of technical documents for his Rotisserie Chariot and Rotisserie Rickshaw, two theatrical nomadic rotisseries that use steam and thermoelectric power to cook food.

LAUNCH Sculpture Residency
Lead Artist: Sheri Crider, Albuquerque 
LAUNCH is the first chapter of an innovative residency project based at The Sanitary Tortilla Factory in Downtown Albuquerque. A curatorial team selected two artists/groups to participate in two, six-week projects that emphasized community engagement components. The focus area was on two types of sculptural production: waste stream utilization and socially engaged projects. The artists selected for the residency utilized the fabrication and exhibition spaces at The Sanitary Tortilla Factory (STF). Each residency consisted of an exhibition, public talk and an educational component in which the artist presented material pertinent to waste and recycling to local high school students.

Broken Boxes Podcast 
Lead Artist: Ginger Dunnill, Glorieta
Broken Boxes Podcast is an interview format project which highlights primarily Indigenous and activism-based artists who are affecting change through their work. This podcast platform allows for the artist to speak in their words, about their ideas. The question at the core of this project is simply: What makes the human make the art? In August of 2017, Ginger Dunnill and collaborator Cannupa Hanksa Luger organized an exhibition of new works comprising 50 artists who have been featured on Broken Boxes Podcast since 2014.

The Small Engine Gallery 
Lead Artist: Bradford Erickson, Albuquerque
The Small Engine Gallery is an alternative exhibition/multi-use space that is dedicated to creating new opportunities for local artists to bring their practice out of the studio and into an open format creative space. Lead artist Bradford Erickson and collaborators Jackie Riccio and Luke Hussack work to foster the creativity, personal expression and artistic development amongst the community by focusing on the education of both students and emerging artists on the finer points of being a practicing artist. This award from the Fulcrum Fund supported general operating expenses for their 2016/2017 exhibition schedule and allowed The Small Engine Gallery to continue to its mission of supporting local artists by providing a space to present their work free of charge.

She/Rider
Lead Artist: Roberto Espinosa, Albuquerque 
Lead artist Roberto Espinosa, cinematographer Michael Powers and sound engineer Christopher Robleto-Harvey explore gender diversification in car culture in their film She/Rider. The male, Latino-dominated “boys club” of low-riders has witnessed a paradigm shift: women creating show-worthy muscle cars. Once relegated to the role of “cheese cake” pinups, women are now revving V-8 engines and starting their own car clubs. The project is featured as a multi-media construct, with various platforms becoming its voice and venue, including interactive online activities, interviews and still photographs.

What Becomes
Lead Artist: Jane Gordon, Albuquerque
Acknowledging the often collaborative nature of ceramics, artists Jane Gordon and Jennifer DePaolo gathered neglected plaster molds from collections around the city, and invited the public to create communal sculptures by pressing clay into them to capture their form. This newly re-appropriated odd cast of characters left behind from late 20th-century knickknack manufacturing was transformed into a sculptural installation that revealed new truths about our culture, identity and agency.

DRY MTN
Lead Artist: Aryon Hopkins, Albuquerque  
Lead artist Aryon Hopkins and collaborators Jesse Littlebird and Eric Martinez created a hand-customized, large format printed publication focused on photography and screen printing which was distributed free throughout the city. To celebrate the launch of each issue, popup printing parties provided unique opportunities for the public to screen print additional graphics and content from participating artists onto each publication and assemble their own magazine.

Off Lomas 
Lead Artist: Candice Hopkins, Albuquerque 
In December 2015, a privately-owned narrow strip of land (an “odd-lot,” left over from the widening of Lomas Boulevard), was transformed into a site to exhibit public art. Off Lomas hosts temporary artworks by four artists per year. Curators Candice Hopkins and Raven Chacon used the funds to support artist fees, materials and marketing for works by leading international and local artists Jimmie Durham, Rebecca Belmore, Ellen Babcock, Jason de Haan & Miruna Dragan and Black Spirituals.

ABQ Zine Fest (ABQZF) 
Lead Artist: Marya Jones, Albuquerque
ABQ Zine Fest is an annual, free public event that celebrates DIY (do-it-yourself) and unconventional artistic expression. 2016 was its 6th year. Albuquerque’s vibrant zine and independent publishing culture is inclusive of professionally-trained, self-taught and amateur artists alike, all of whom are committed to community, intellectual and artistic exchange. ABQZF nourishes the expansion of zine creation in Albuquerque while highlighing the innovation and diversity found in zine making through workshops, discussions and the exchange of ideas.

Lo Lo 
Lead Artist: Billy Joe Miller, Albuquerque
Billy Joe Miller and collaborator Allie Hankins created an outdoor performance and installation inspired by their mutual interest in Loie Fuller. As a pioneer of modern dance, Fuller is best known for her way of manipulating voluminous folds of silk illuminated by colored light. As a means of combining shared interests of dance/performance, textiles as the transformative capabilities of costuming, light installation, feminism and/or the queering of the feminine in relation to the male gaze, Miller and Hankins presented a performative meditation on these themes that manifested as an opulent, textured and immersive outdoor performance and installation interweaving their respective art practices.

Present Cartographers 
Lead Artist: Daisy Quezada, Santa Fe
The collective Present Cartographers (Daisy Quezada, Lois Klassen & Sylvia Arthur) developed a publication exploring artistic responses to the timely and controversial issue of immigration/emigration. Focusing on art made in and about Albuquerque’s border zone region, this team of artists and writers emerging from Santa Fe Art Institute’s (SFAI) Immigration / Emigration thematic year in 2015/2016 produced an innovative collection of texts and print-based artworks.

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