Rossana Martinez, Lily Auchincloss Foundation

TITLE: Foundation Manager

FOCUS AREAS: Art, education, human services, preservation/environment

CONTACT: (212) 737-9533; info@lilyauch.org; artrossana@gmail.com

PROFILE: Rossana Martinez serves as the foundation and lone staff member of the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, assisting six board members with grantmaking operations. She is also an artist by training and experience. Martinez’s Minus Space profile shares:

Rossana Martinez is an artist, gallerist and foundation manager. Rossana was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She holds an MFA in Sculpture and Printmaking from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Rossana brings to the gallery her interest in conceptual and performance art, artists’ books, drawing, photography, sculpture, public art, printmaking, textiles, Latin America art, and Pre-Columbian art, among others. As an artist, Rossana is interested in creating an experience and dialogue between the body and common materials through sculpture, installation and performance art. Her projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally in New York City, Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. She has received awards from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and El Diario La Prensa (Mujeres Destacadas Award). Her work has been reviewed in publications, such as The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Sun, Flavorpill, and Artnet Magazine. She is a Fellow of the Cue Art Foundation and a member of American Abstract Artists. In addition to MINUS SPACE, she is also the Foundation Manager at the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. Working for a philanthropic foundation dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life in New York City has broaden her views of the city’s arts, education, environment, human services, and history.

You can view some of her projects and performances on her personal website. Her website bio shares:

Rossana Martinez is an artist interested in anatomy, conceptual art, movement and nature. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and holds an MFA in Sculpture and Printmaking from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

Her work and movement practice investigates the body and its subtleties of balance and geometry.

Her projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally in New York City, Australia, Belgium, Mexico, The Netherlands, Switzerland, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. She has received awards from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and El Diario La Prensa (Mujeres Destacadas Award). Her work has been reviewed in publications, such as The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Sun, Flavorpill and Artnet Magazine.

In 2003, Rossana founded and currently directs MINUS SPACE, a gallery for reductive art on the international level, based in Brooklyn.

In 2007, she began a sketchbook/blog (now on Instagram) called art & life, about the relationship between the two — where she shares her experiences as an artist, runner, yogi, rooftop gardener and mama.

Martinez was one of five panelists at a 2010 Meet the Grantmakers: Online Grant Applications and Reporting event. You can watch her presentation on Grant Space, a service of the Foundation Center. You can also watch a 2006 interview with her on YouTube from her time as a resident of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program.