Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc., on a mission to make the world safe for avant-garde art

Franklin Furnace’s mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content.

The application process for 2010-2011 grants for emerging artists is NOW OPEN !!!

Deadline to submit application is April 1, 2010.

Each year Franklin Furnace awards grants to emerging artists, allowing them to produce major works in New York. Franklin Furnace is dedicated to serving artists by providing both physical and virtual venues for the presentation of time-based visual art, including but not limited to artists’ books and periodicals, installation art, performance art, “variable media art”. Grants may range between $2,000 and $10,000. Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply; however, funded projects must be presented in New York. Full-time students are ineligible.

Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. We believe that this peer panel system allows all kinds of artists from all over the world an equal shot at presenting their work. Every year the panel changes, as do the definitions of “emerging artist”, “performance art” and “variable media art”. So if at first you don’t succeed, please try again.

Since its inception in 1985, THE FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND has boosted the careers of such emerging artists as Tanya Barfield, Patty Chang, Papo Colo, Brody Condon, Karen Finley, John Fleck, Kate Gilmore, Murray Hill, Holly Hughes, Mouchette, William Pope.L, Pamela Sneed, Jack Waters, Cathy Weis, and Ricardo Miranda Zuniga.

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

80 Arts – The James E. Davis Arts Building

80 Hanson Place, #301

Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506

T 718 398 7255

F 718 398 7256


Martha Wilson, Founding Director

Michael Katchen, Senior Archivist

Harley Spiller, Administrator

Eben Shapiro, Program Coordinator

Judith L. Woodard, Financial Manager

Susie Tofte, Project Cataloguer

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