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Light Work Director Shane Lavalette Awarded Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
Shane Lavalette, photographer, independent publisher and director of Light Work, is one of 111 artists, along with 12 organizations, to be awarded $3.168 million in funding from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation in its 2018-19 grant cycle. The foundation’s average grant to each artist ranges from $25,000 to $30,000. This year’s grantees include artists from 18 states, Puerto Rico and 17 countries.
The award—which the foundation states can be used to support the production of new work, exhibition preparation and other expenses—will bolster Lavalette’s artistic practice in the year to come. “I’m deeply honored to receive this award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation,” Lavalette says. “I want to extend my gratitude to the foundation and board for their generous support of my work—this grant will absolutely help to propel it forward. I’m happy to be a part of the incredible legacy of the foundation, which continues to make meaningful impacts on the careers of so many artists through this important program.”
Lavalette’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Aperture Foundation, the Montserrat College of Art, The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Kaunas Gallery, Le Château d’Eau, Fotostiftung Schweiz, Musée de l’Elysée and Robert Morat Galerie, in addition to being held in private and public collections. Lavalette is author of two monographs: “One Sun, One Shadow” (Lavalette, 2016) and “Still (Noon)” (Edition Patrick Frey, 2018).
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation—based in New York and operating internationally—was established in 1985 through the generosity of Lee Krasner, a leading abstraction expressionist painter and spouse of Jackson Pollock. The foundation provides grants to artists that allow them to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as their personal and medical expenses. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded $75 million to 4,500 artist grantees in 77 countries.
Past recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants have acknowledged their critical impact in allowing concentrated time to work in the studio and prepare for exhibitions. “At the core of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s mission is fostering the work and development of artists, and our 2018-19 grant and award recipients highlight the impact we can have due to Lee Krasner’s legacy,” says Ronald D. Spencer, chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
To provide additional support, the foundation maintains an up-to-date and comprehensive Grantee Image Collection representing the work of artists who have received grants since 1985. For more information, including guidelines for grant applications, visit the foundation’s website: www.pkf.org.