Andy Warhol Foundation Awards $100,000 to Light Work

June 25, 2015
Light Work’s Digital Services Lab (Photo by Joe Lingeman, courtesy of Light Work)

Light Work’s Digital Services Lab (Photo by Joe Lingeman, courtesy of Light Work)

A longtime center in support of artists in photography and digital imaging, Light Work has been recognized for its international Artist-in-Residence program with a $100,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

The award will be distributed over two years, and contribute to the success of Light Work’s renowned residency and exhibition programs, offering support and visibility to emerging and under-recognized artists working in photography and image-based media.

“Grants from the Warhol Foundation are extremely competitive, and only organizations of the highest caliber receive their support,” says Light Work Executive Director Jeffrey Hoone. “We are extremely proud to be considered one of the most accomplished and respected arts organizations in the country and it is also a reflection on the entire University for their commitment and support of the arts.”

Light Work was one of 48 organizations selected to receive funding—totaling over $3.7 million—in support of scholarly exhibitions, publications and visual arts programming, including artist residencies and new commissions.

The grant will support 12 artists from around the world to spend one-month residencies working in Light Work’s state-of-the-art community access photography and digital lab. Each artist receives a $5,000 stipend, housing and 24-hour access to the facility.

“Each artist works in the same facility alongside students creating many opportunities for learning and the exchange of ideas outside of the classroom,” Hoone says. “At the end of the residency each of the artists donates a few prints to Light Work’s permanent collection that now includes over 3,500 photographs.”

The collection is also used by students for research and exhibitions and is often lent out to galleries, universities and museums across the country.

“This is the first time we have received funding from the Warhol Foundation and we are looking forward to building a long-term relationship with the foundation for future funding,” Hoone says.