PROJECT LAUNCH GRANT

PROJECT LAUNCH GRANT

Image detail from the project The Bikini Project © Jane Whitmore, 2021 Launch Grant Recipient

NEW IN 2021: SPOTLIGHT NEW MEXICO – The Project Launch Grant supports a reportage, documentary or fine art series from New Mexico-based individuals. The Grant provides financial support and platforms for professional development opportunities.

Career Advancement Package

Grant Winner (1)
// $2,500 Grant
// Professional Development Seminar Admission
// Complimentary participation and presentation at Review Santa Fe
// Project Publication in Lenscratch, Analog Forever Magazine, and Catalyst: Interviews
// Online Exhibition with CENTER at visitcenter.org

Honorable Mentions (2)
// Complimentary participation and presentation at Review Santa Fe
// Project Publication in Lenscratch, Analog Forever Magazine, and Catalyst: Interviews
// Online Exhibition with CENTER at visitcenter.org

2021 Grant Recipient

Jane Whitmore, Santa Fe, NM; The Bikini Project

From the statement – “In July 1946, the United States tested two nuclear bombs at Bikini, a small island in the Marshall Islands. My father, Will Whitmore, was a civilian participant in this project, Operation Crossroads. The devastation of the small island, the displacement of 167 Bikini Islanders, and the demise of their culture have haunted me for years.”

Honorable Mentions

Meridel Rubenstein, Santa Fe, NM; Eden in Iraq

From the statement – “The marshes in southern Iraq, formed by the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, are home to one of humanity’s oldest cultures. These rivers cross on the eastern edge of the marshes, so this intersection is thought to be a possible site of the historic Garden of Eden.”

Arista Slater-Sandoval, Santa Fe, NM; Blighted Expectations & Still Hearts

From the statement – “When referring to the female body a blighted ovum speaks to a type of miscarriage most often occurring within the first trimester. In clinical terms, an anembryonic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall, but the embryo does not develop to produce a viable life. A pregnancy sac forms and grows but not the embryo itself, no fetal pole (heartbeat) is produced. Now blighted, the womb is a barren land not fit to sustain life, a stark comparison first coined by male doctors in the mid-1800s.”

Juror

Marisa SageMarisa Sage – Director & Head Curator, New Mexico State University Art Museum

Marisa Sage is the Director and Head Curator of the New Mexico State University Art Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Sage is a curator with a passion for emerging contemporary art and artists. Throughout her fifteen-year career, Sage has planned and executed over 100 international exhibitions, which included more than 200 individual artists globally. Previously, Sage served as the Director of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, in New York, NY, and Galleries Manager for Salisbury University Art Galleries, in Salisbury, Maryland, before that, she established Like the Spice Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn which held over 65 exhibitions between 2006 and 2012. At NMSU Sage has curated “Off the Wall”, a two-parted exhibition tracing the history of Sol LeWitt’s relationship with NMSU, as well as showing the extent of his influence on a new generation of artists who use the surface of the wall as their canvas. Sage has written and received multiple grants for NMSU including the National Endowment for the Arts which funded the exhibition GEOMAGIC: Art, Science, and the Zuhl Collection. Sage is a New York native, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Syracuse University and Master of Digital Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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