sfai news

May 19, 2009

SFAI Awarded $120,000 by the Pilara and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundations for Distinguished Visiting Artist Fellowships

The Pilara Foundation and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation have each awarded SFAI $60,000 (a total of $120,000) in order to support a central component of SFAI’s 2009–2010 Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series—six Distinguished Visiting Photography Fellowships and six Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellowships—thereby augmenting and enriching SFAI’s curriculum.

The Pilara Foundation Distinguished Visiting Photography Fellowships and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellowships are envisioned to provide SFAI’s students with direct and extended access to artists whose work has profoundly impacted the contemporary global art world and whose contributions to art practice and theory represent the highest level of achievement and the promise of continued excellence.

Each semester, up to six artists are invited to SFAI for a three- to five-day residency, during which time they participate in graduate seminars in either painting or photography, conduct one-on-one critiques with graduate students, lead colloquia with SFAI students and faculty, and present public lectures. With a view to deepening each artist’s impact, the fellowships are structured as sustained on-campus residencies so as to provide SFAI’s students extensive interaction with the fellows, facilitating discussions of process, aesthetics, cultural influences, and career paths. A further benefit of the fellowships—part of SFAI’s continued commitment as one of San Francisco’s foremost cultural centers—is that they provide the wider Bay Area public free and open access to an international array of eminent and influential figures on the current global art scene.

Established in 2007, the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellowships have supported residencies and public lectures by such artists as Kerry James Marshall, Fabian Marcaccio, Julie Mehretu, Marilyn Minter, Chris Ofili, Lari Pittman, David Reed, Peter Saul, and Amy Sillman. Thus far, the fall 2009 fellows are Fred Tomaselli and Lisa Yuskavage.

Established in 2008, the Pilara Foundation Distinguished Visiting Photography Fellows have supported residencies and public lectures by such artists as Thomas Demand, Stan Douglas, Isaac Julien, Catherine Opie (an SFAI alumna), Shirin Neshat, Martha Rosler, Guy Tillim, and James Welling. Thus far, the fall 2009 fellows are Allan Sekula and Lorna Simpson.

SFAI’s Exhibitions and Public Programs—a component of which is the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, which includes both the Pilara Foundation Distinguished Visiting Photography Fellowships and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellowships—are supported in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. Additional funding for the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series has been provided by Bob and Betty Klausner and the Artur Walther Foundation.