Fulcrum Fund

View the 2019-2020 Fulcrum Fund recipients HERE.

The Fulcrum Fund is an annual grant program, now in its fourth year, created and administered by 516 ARTS as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Since its inception in 2016, the Fulcrum Fund has awarded a total of $230,000 to 45 local artists.

This award provides direct grants to artists in amounts of $2,000 to $10,000 totaling $60,000 in support of the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that generate meaningful shared experiences and inspire curiosity, engagement and dialogue. This opportunity serves as an essential support structure to enable artists to expand existing work and pivot in new directions and is intended to be a springboard for artistic processes that are experimental and forward thinking, while celebrating projects that may not fit into the traditional museum and gallery systems. Eligible artists and collectives whose work centers around visual arts and who are based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque are welcome to apply.

Examples of funded projects are new exhibitions or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an experimental arts venue or collective, public art projects, one-time events and performances, publications directly related to the visual arts, online projects, artist residencies and film festivals.

The Fulcrum Fund is one of 14 re-granting programs developed and facilitated by organizations in Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco. Together these programs have supported well over 800 independent art projects in the past ten years, granting more than 3.4 million dollars.

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Evan Garza, Director of Rice Public Art, Rice University, Houston, TX

As Director of Rice Public Art, Evan Garza oversees public art initiatives on the Rice University campus, including oversight of the university’s collection of public artworks and the management and programming of James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. A Houston native, Garza served as Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin from 2014-2016 and is co-founder of Fire Island Artist Residency, a New York nonprofit and the first LGBTQ artist residency in the United States.

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Director, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Montagut has been the director of the Newcomb Art Museum since 2014. Under her tenure Newcomb has presented innovative projects including EMPIRE by artist collective Fallen Fruit, Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of Louisiana, Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists, Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, and numerous solo exhibitions. She received her B.A. in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Most recently, she was the Associate Director and Senior Curator for MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana and was previously the Senior Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art, both in San Jose/Silicon Valley, California. She was Curator at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; Assistant Curator of architecture and design at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, among other curatorial positions.

Imin Yeh, Assistant Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Imin Yeh is an interdisciplinary and project-based artist working in sculpture, installation, and participatory events. Her projects use Print Media as a technical tool for realizing the ambition of large-scaled work and Print as a conceptual strategy for exploring free, exchange, and craft-based economies. The projects utilize repetitive handcraft and mimicry as a strategy for examining the issues around the unseen labor and production that lies behind our many unconsidered everyday objects. Recent exhibitions include the San Jose Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), and at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco). She has been an Artist in Residency at Montalvo Art Center (Saratoga, CA), Blue Mountain Center (New York), Sandarbh Artist Workshop (Partapur, India), and at Recology San Francisco. Yeh is the recipient of a Eureka Fellow​ship from the Fleishhacker Foundation and an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.