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Asia Society launches open call for art dealing with climate change in new awards supported by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

The Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards will award a total of $45,000 to three emerging visual artists whose work addresses the climate crisis at the COAL + ICE exhibition

Presented in collaboration with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection, with support from the Environmental Defense Fund

The awards will be announced in April 2022 at a special ceremony at the Kennedy Center

NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON DC; December 14, 2021 – In response to the urgency of accelerating climate change, Asia Society and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation are launching the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards, which will recognize visual artists currently enrolled or recently graduated from MFA programs in the United States whose work directly responds to the climate crisis. Organized in collaboration with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection, the prize is designed to foster awareness of climate change through imagination and ideas of a future generation. of visual artists. The Environmental Defense Fund will join these cultural institutions to share its expertise and spread the award in the environmental advocacy community.

Through an open call launched on January 10, 2022, the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards will be awarded to three winning artists, selected by a jury made up of leaders from the collaborating institutions. Each artist will receive $15,000 and will be honored in April 2022 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The awards were organized in conjunction with COAL+ICE, an immersive exhibition featuring more than 40 documentary photographers and videographers from around the world, which seeks to visualize the climate crisis. COAL + ICE will be presented at the Kennedy Center from March 15 to April 22, 2022.

“Building on the Foundation’s recent Frankenthaler Climate Initiative, which helps American art museums mitigate their own environmental impacts, the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards aims to raise awareness by recognizing artists whose work highlights and responds to the climate crisis. We are delighted to partner with Asia Society in creating these new awards,” said Foundation Executive Director Helen Frankenthaler. Elizabeth Smith.

“A new generation brings new perspectives to our global response to climate change and we look forward to hearing what emerging young artists, whose lives are inextricably linked to the climate crisis, have to say about this crucial issue for humanity. “, said Orville SchellArthur Ross, director of the Asia Society Center on US-China Relations, who curated the COAL+ICE exhibit.

Speaking on behalf of the collaborating organizations and the jury, Dorothee Kosinski, Vradenburg Director & CEO of The Phillips Collection, said: “The importance of this topic is reflected in how our institutions have come together to shine a light on a new generation of artists tackling the climate crisis. Climate awareness is among our most important priorities as cultural institutions working today.

Beginning January 10, 2022, eligible artists and collectives will be invited to submit video works (e.g. digital video art, animation, film) or videos about visual art works (e.g. documentation of works of art). tactile art, such as sculptures or paintings, or performances) that address the urgency of climate change through an online portal at Videos should not exceed 5 minutes. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a US-based fine/visual arts MFA program or have graduated from such a program within the past 5 years. They must reside in the United States, with the exception of students currently enrolled in US-based programs but continuing their studies remotely due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

A shortlist of finalist artists will be released in February and their videos will be available online at Shortlisted videos will also be displayed on a dedicated channel and as featured selections on the homepage of ikonoTV, the global art media aggregator. The three winners will then be selected from among the finalists by a jury made up of leaders from four of the collaborating institutions: Melissa ChiuDirector, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Molly DonovanCurator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Art; Dorothee Kosinski, director and CEO of Vrandenburg, The Phillips Collection; and Michelle Yun Mapplethorpevice president of global arts programs at the Asia Society and director of the Asia Society Museum, New York.

Further details on the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards, including application guidelines, are available at and on Instagram.
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About the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
Established and endowed by Helen Frankenthaler during her lifetime, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation advances the artist’s legacy and inspires a new generation of practitioners through a range of philanthropic, educational and research initiatives. Since becoming active in 2013, the Foundation has continued to strategically expand its program, which includes organizing and supporting major exhibitions of the artist’s work, promoting new research and publications, promoting educational programs in partnership with arts organizations around the world and the launch of groundbreaking initiatives. that promote systemic change in the field. As the primary resource on the artist and custodian of his collection and archives, the Foundation holds an extensive selection of works by Frankenthaler in a variety of mediums, his collection of works by other artists, as well as documents and original documents relating to his life and work.

COAL + ICE is an immersive exhibition of documentary photography that seeks to visualize the climate crisis. COAL+ICE is co-curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and renowned exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, and brings together the work of over 45 photographers and videographers from around the world to visually tell the consequences unleashed by the continued use of fossil fuels. COAL+ICE is an Asia Society project, led by Orville Schell, Director Arthur Ross of the Center on US China Relations. The COAL+ICE Expo and six-week festival of events will run from March 15 through April 22, 2022 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Presented in collaboration with:
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
National Art Gallery
The Phillips Collection
Environmental Defense Fund