Fulcrum Fund 2016


The Fulcrum Fund, developed and administered by 516 ARTS for the first time in 2016, was the newest partner in the Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 516 ARTS launched the program in March 2016 with a call for proposals, from which the guest jurors selected 11 proposals to receive a total of $50,000 from the 89 proposals that were submitted. Applicants were from an 80-mile radius around Albuquerque, including Santa Fe, Jemez, Torreon, Los Lunas, Madrid, Ribera, Glorieta and Los Ranchos. The jurors were; Romi Crawford Ph.D., Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies and Liberal Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC); Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston; and Joey Reye, Curator of Engagement & Dialogue at Movimento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) in San Jose, California. Here is what they selected:

Russell Bauer
The Edible Carnival
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. The Edible Carnival 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 will create an open source database of technical documents for his Rotisserie Chariot and Rotisserie Rickshaw, two theatrical nomadic rotisseries that uses steam and thermoelectric power to cook food.

Sheri Crider
LAUNCH Sculpture Residency at The Sanitary Tortilla Factory
LAUNCH is the first chapter of an innovative residency project based at The Sanitary Tortilla Factory in downtown Albuquerque. A curatorial team will select two artists/groups to participate in two, six week projects that emphasize community engagement components. The program will focus on two types of sculptural production: waste stream utilization and socially engaged projects. The artists selected for the residency will be able to utilize the fabrication and exhibition spaces at The Sanitary Tortilla Factory (STF). The residency will consist of an exhibition, public talk and an educational component in which the artist will present material pertinent to waste and recycling to local high school students.

Ginger Dunnill
Broken Boxes Podcast
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 will organize and exhibition of new works comprising 50 artists who have been featured on Broken Boxes Podcast since 2014.

Bradford Erickson
The Small Engine Gallery
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 will go towards general operating expenses for their 2016/2017 exhibition schedule and allow the Small Engine Gallery to continue to their mission of supporting local artists by providing a space to present their work free of charge.

Roberto Espinosa
Lead artist Roberto Espinosa, cinematographer Michael Powers and sound engineer Christopher Robleto-Harvey, will explore gender diversification in car culture in their project titled 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. This work explores the community of these women. The project will be featured as a multi-media construct: various platforms become its voice and venue. The viewer can visit an interactive website, listen to interviews and see the cars. Car clubs will share content online and still photographs will be shown in various venues.

Jane Gordon
What Becomes
Acknowledging the often collaborative nature of ceramics, artists Jane Gordon and Jennifer DePaolo will gather neglected plaster molds from collections around the city, and invite 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 manufacture will be transformed into a sculptural installation that reveals new truths about our culture, identity and agency.

Aryon Hopkins
Lead artist Aryon Hopkins and collaborators Jesse Littlebird and Eric Martinez will create a large format printed publication focused on photography and screen printing that will be distributed for free throughout the city. To celebrate the launch of each issue, popup printing parties will provide a unique opportunity for the public come together to screen print additional graphics and content from participating artists onto each publication and assemble each issue for themselves.

Candice Hopkins
Off Lomas
In December 2015, a privately-owned narrow strip of land (an “odd-lot,” left over from the widening of Lomas Blvd), was transformed into a site to exhibit public art. Off Lomas hosts temporary artworks by four artists per year. Off Lomas curators Candice Hopkins and Raven Chacon will use 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. 

Marya Jones
ABQ Zine Fest (ABQZF)
ABQ Zine Fest is an annual, free public event that celebrates DIY (do-it-yourself) and unconventional artistic expression. 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. Now in its 6th year, it is the only festival in New Mexico for zinesters to meet, exchange and discuss their work with the public, and to form new creative collaborations, yielding further artistic exploration. ABQZF allows artists a platform to present their work whose mode of production and subject matter often exists outside of mainstream gallery and museum systems. Through workshops, discussions and the exchange of ideas, ABQZF nourishes the expansion of zine creation in Albuquerque and highlights the innovation and diversity found in zine making.

Billy Joe Miller
Loie Fuller-inspired performance/installations
Lead artist Billy Joe Miller and collaborator Allie Hankins will create 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 will present a performative meditation on these themes that will manifest as an opulent, textured, and immersive performance and installation that interweaves respective art practices.

Daisy Quezada
Santa Fe
Present Cartographers
The collective, Present Cartographers (Daisy Quezada, Lois Klassen & Sylvia Arthur), will develop 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 will produce an innovative collection of texts and print-based artworks.

2016 Jurors:


Joey Reyes is Curator of Engagement & Dialogue at Movimento de Arte y Cultural Latino Americana (MACLA) in San Jose, CA.  He organized the exhibitions UnmaskedBreaking pointsVoces de Deierto (Voices of the Desert) featuring Guillermo Galindo and Quinteto Latino; PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo, by Paul S. Flores and featuring Ric Salinas of Culture Clash; and, City Portraits (Retratos de Ciudad) a solo exhibition by Marcos ERRE Ramirez.  He serves as MACLA's representative to the National Performance Network and Visual Artists Network.

Romi Crawford, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies and Liberal Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her research revolves around formations of racial and gendered identity and the relation to American film, visual arts and popular culture.  She was previously the Curator and Director of Education and Public Programs a the Studio Museum in Harlem and founder of the Crawford and Sloan Gallery (NYC). Her publications include writings in Art JournalCinema Remixed and Reloaded Black Women Film and Video ArtistsBlack Light/White Noise: Sound and Light in Contemporary ArtFrequencyArt and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons and Service Media.

Al Miner is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he has curated numerous exhibitions.  Prior to the MFA, he worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C. where he curated projects with Dan Graham and Yoko Ono.  He has received fellowships from the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), Goethe-Institut in Washington, D.C., the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Artis Foundation, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution among other honors.




516 ARTS & the Fulcrum Fund

The Fulcrum Fund is part of the Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

516 ARTS was selected by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to serve as a regranting organization in their Regional Regranting Program.  516 ARTS is one of ten organizations across the country, and the only one in our region, to develop and manage these grant programs that give direct grants to artists for artist-organized activities in our area.

Each program around the country is invited to create its own name and identity, so 516 ARTS has developed the Fulcrum Fund, which will serve as an essential support structure to enable artists to expand existing work and pivot in new directions in creating and showcasing projects that inspire curiosity, engagement and dialogue.  The Fulcrum Fund offers direct grants to artists and collectives whose work centers around visual arts and who are based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque (including Santa Fe).  Grants from the Fulcrum Fund are for non-501c3, self-organized artistic activity that has a public component.  The fund serves as a springboard for artistic processes that are adventurous, experimental and forward thinking, while celebrating projects that do not fit into the traditional museum and gallery systems.

The Fulcrum Fund provides monetary awards - giving grants of $2,000 to $5,000 totaling $50,000 in 2016 - to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that are direct, accessible and open to the public.  Funded activities may include a new exhibition or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an arts venue or collective, a public art project, a one-time event or performance, publications directly related to the visual arts, an online project, an artist residency, a series of film screenings and more.  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 and are created in a collaborative spirit.

 Download Erin Elder's presentation on grant writing here.

Each year, 516 ARTS will create a catalog featuring the selected projects along with essays about their context within our particular place and time, and also produce a public celebration event to honor the grant recipients.


The Warhol Foundation's Regional Regranting Program aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country.  The program allows the Foundation to reach the sizable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other public facing projects.

516 ARTS' creation of the Fulcrum Fund is the result of the Warhol Foundation's efforts to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on-the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is the highest.  The other nine re-granting programs, developed and facilitated by organizations in Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, New Orleans, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco, have together funded more than 240 projects over the past six years.

To receive notifications and information on the Fulcrum Fund, email: Claude Smith, Fulcrum Fund Program Manager, at claude@516arts.org.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is eligible?
Visual artists and collectives living and working within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque are encouraged to apply.  Commercial businesses and non-profit organizations are NOT eligible.

Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
No, but the artist/lead organizer must have a social security number in order to receive payment of the award.  Additional collaborators and/or participants do not need to be U.S. citizens or have social security numbers.

What kinds of projects will the Fulcrum Fund support?
The Fulcrum Fund is expressly interested in visual art including: public art projects/site specific installations, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts including printed matter and online publications, artist residencies, film screenings, curatorial projects and exhibitions that highlight unconventional artistic practice, workshops, multimedia, video and photo projects.

What types of projects are NOT eligible?
Projects for which the lead artist lives outside of the 80-mile radius of Albuquerque, an individual artist's studio practice, projects that are part of a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization's programming, projects proposed by students, and projects that do not have a public component will not be considered.

If I am a recent college graduate, am I eligible to apply?
Current students or anyone who was/will be a student during the time of application or granting period are not eligible.  Granting period is July 2016 - July 2017.

What is the maximum funding amount I can request for my project?
You may request any amount between $2,000 and $5,000.

Where is the budget form I use for my application?

How many grants will you give out?
Funding will be awarded to between 10-20 applicants.

Can I submit proposals for more than one project?
Applicants can be the lead organizer on more than one proposal at any given time, thought in this case, only one of their projects will be funded.  Alternatively, applicants can be listed as additional collaborators on multiple proposals without affecting their eligibility on projects where they are designated as the lead artist.

How will the awards be selected?
516 ARTS is inviting three jurors (comprised of regionally and nationally recognized curators and arts professionals), who will review the submissions and select the grantees.

If my proposal is selected, how will I receive the money?
A check will be distributed to the applicant in his or her name, or in the case of a collective or group, a lead artist/organizer.  All applicants will be responsible for any taxes associated with the award.  516 ARTS does not provide tax advice.

In the case that multiple individuals are affiliated with the project collectively, who should be designated as the lead artist?
The lead artist will be the primary contact and the main administrator for the grant application in the event of an award.  Since the lead artist will be responsible for receiving the check, she/he will also be responsible for the additional dispersal of funds to collaborators and paying any income taxes owed as a result of receiving the grant.  The lead artist does not need to be a U.S. citizen, though must have a social security number and reside within 80 miles of Albuquerque.

Is it possible to apply for a grant to purchase equipment?
Equipment purchase or rental can be included as an expense in the project budget as part of a larger project; however, applications submitted for the sole purpose of acquiring equipment will not be considered.

Can I apply for a grant to fund general operating expenses for a new or existing art space?
Yes.  Examples of general operating expenses associated with the launch of a new arts space or the support of an existing art space include: rent, utilities, artist/designer fees, materials, supplies, administrative fees and promotional materials.

Can I apply for a project that has already started?
Yes, projects that seed to expand their reach or are considered "ongoing" can be considered.  Keep in mind that the Fulcrum Fund will not allocate resources to finished projects or support individuals looking to document pre-existing or finished projects.

Should artist fees be factored into my budget?
Yes.  If your project requires you to compensate your collaborators, participants or yourself, you should include those expenses in your budget.

Can I apply for funding to cover my total budget, or am I expected to secure matching or additional funding?
You may apply for a grants for full or partial funding of your overall budget.  Additional funding sources are great, though not required.  Use this budget form for your application.

Can I apply to support a web-based project?
Yes, web-based projects are eligible, as long as the artist applying for funding lives within an 80 mile radius of Albuquerque.  Additional collaborators can be from anywhere.

If I'm proposing a project or exhibition that requires a venue space, does it need to be confirmed by the time I submit my application?
No, but it would be helpful to describe the kinds of spaces that you envision would be appropriate for your project.  The venue cannot be 516 ARTS and the project cannot be part of another venue's exhibition program.

What kinds of projects will the Fulcrum Fund recognize?
The Fulcrum Fund recognizes a wide range of projects and activities such as: a new exhibition or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an arts venue or collective, a public art project, a one-time event or performance, publications directly related to the visual arts, an online project, an artist residency, a series of film screenings and more.  In general, the Fulcrum Fund seeks to create opportunities for the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that foster collaboration and are open to the public.

I don't have any images that are representative of my proposed project.  What kinds of visual aids should I include as part of my application?
Applicants should submit work samples that represent the plans for realizing the proposed project.  This could include previous work samples of artists who will be presented, mock-ups, plans and schematics for a site-specific project or documentation of past projects that are similar.

What are the requirements for reporting?
Grantees will be expected to submit documentation upon the completion of the proposed project and complete an evaluation of the project.


Special thanks to Erin Elder

Image credit: Al Miner courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston