Asia Society launches open call for climate change art in new awards supported by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

The Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards will award a total of $ 45,000 to three emerging visual artists whose work addresses the climate crisis at the COAL + ICE exhibition

Presented in collaboration with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection, with support from the Environmental Defense Fund

The awards will be announced in April 2022 at a special ceremony at the Kennedy Center

NEW YORK & WASHINGTON DC; December 14, 2021 – In response to the urgency to accelerate climate change, Asia Society and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation are launching the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards, which will recognize visual artists currently enrolled or recently graduated from MFA programs in the United States including the work is directly addressing the climate crisis. Organized in collaboration with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection, the award is designed to foster climate change awareness through the imagination and ideas of a generation to come. visual artists. The Environmental Defense Fund will join these cultural institutions to share their expertise and propagate the award in the environmental defense community.

As part of an open call launched on January 10, 2022, the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards will be awarded to three winning artists, selected by a jury made up of leaders of the collaborating institutions. Each artist will receive $ 15,000 and will be honored in April 2022 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC The awards were hosted in collaboration with COAL + ICE, an immersive exhibit featuring more than 40 documentary photographers and videographers from around the world, which seeks to visualize the climate crisis. COAL + ICE will be on view at the Kennedy Center from March 15 to April 22, 2022.

“Building on the Foundation’s recent Frankenthaler Climate Initiative, which helps American art museums mitigate their own environmental impacts, the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards aim to raise awareness by recognizing artists whose work highlights and responds to to the climate crisis. We are delighted to partner with Asia Society in creating these new awards, ”said Foundation Executive Director Helen Frankenthaler. Elizabeth smith.

“A new generation is bringing new perspectives to our global response to climate change, and we look forward to hearing what young, emerging artists, whose lives are inextricably linked to the climate crisis, have to say about this crucial issue for humanity.” “, said Orville Schell, Arthur Ross director of the Asia Society Center on US-China Relations, who led the COAL + ICE exhibition.

Speaking on behalf of the collaborating organizations and the jury, Dorothy Kosinski, Vradenburg Director and CEO of The Phillips Collection, said: “The importance of this topic is reflected in how our institutions have come together to shine a light on a new generation of artists fighting the climate crisis. Climate awareness is one of our most important priorities as cultural institutions active today. “

Effective January 10, 2022, eligible artists and collectives will be invited to submit video artwork (e.g. digital video art, animation, film) or videos on visual artwork (e.g. documentation tactile works of art, such as sculptures or paintings, or performances) that tackle the climate change emergency through an online portal at Videos should not exceed 5 minutes. Applicants must either be currently enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts / Visual Arts program in the United States or have graduated from such a program within the past 5 years. They must reside in the United States, with the exception of students currently enrolled in programs based in the United States but continuing their studies remotely due to the travel restrictions of Covid-19.

A shortlist of finalist artists will be released in February and their videos will be available online at The shortlisted videos will also be displayed on a dedicated channel and as featured selections on the homepage of ikonoTV, the global arts media aggregator. The three winners will then be selected from among the finalists by a jury made up of leaders of four of the collaborating institutions: Melissa Chiu, director, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Molly donovan, curator of contemporary art, National Gallery of Art; Dorothy Kosinski, Director and CEO of Vrandenburg, The Phillips Collection; and Michelle yun mapplethorpe, Vice President of Global Art Programs at the Asia Society and Director of the Asia Society Museum, New York.

Further details on the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards, including nomination guidelines, are available at and on Instagram.
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About the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
Created and endowed by Helen Frankenthaler during her lifetime, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation advances the artist’s legacy and inspires a new generation of practitioners through a range of philanthropic, educational and research initiatives. Since becoming active in 2013, the Foundation has continued to strategically expand its program, which includes organizing and supporting major exhibitions of the artist’s work, promoting new research and publications, promoting educational programs in partnership with arts organizations around the world and the launch of groundbreaking initiatives. that promote systemic change in the field. As a primary resource on the artist and custodian of her collection and archives, the Foundation holds a wide selection of Frankenthaler’s works in a variety of mediums, her collection of works by other artists, as well as documents and original documents relating to his life and work.

About COAL + ICE
COAL + ICE is an immersive documentary photography exhibition that seeks to visualize the climate crisis. COAL + ICE is co-organized by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and acclaimed exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, and brings together the work of over 45 photographers and videographers from around the world to visually tell the consequences triggered by continued use fossil fuels. COAL + ICE is a project of Asia Society, under the direction of Orville Schell, Director Arthur Ross of the Center on US China Relations. The COAL + ICE exhibition and six-week festival of events will run from March 15 to April 22, 2022 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Presented in collaboration with:
The Hirshhorn Museum and the Sculpture Garden
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
National Art Gallery
The Phillips collection
Environmental Defense Fund

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