Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation supports visual arts journalists, writers, and critics.

IP TAKE: Rabkin’s grantmaking aims to encourage visual arts writers to stay in the industry.

PROFILE: The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation is an artist-endowed foundation established in 1999 to “preserve and share the work of Leo Rabkin and administer grant programs in visual arts,” and “promote the visual arts through exhibitions, publications, and other means of dissemination of information.” Leo Rabkin worked in and exhibited his work in New York City for 60 years. In 2015, Rabkin died at the age of 95. The foundation launched its grant program in 2017, supporting visual arts journalists and their contributions to United States culture. The program also invests in art criticism, artists, and writers.

While grant amounts may change in the future, in its inaugural year, the foundation awarded eight visual art journalists grants of $50,000 each. A few current winners are Carolina Miranda, a staff writer for the Los Angeles times where she writes the Culture High & Low Blog and Phong Bui, artist, writer, independent curator, and former curatorial advisor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA). Click here to learn more about Rabkin’s recent grantees.

Grantees are considered for an award by nomination only and a jury decided on the final list of winners.


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