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Patronship Grants 2009 +++ Grant Applications 2014
2022 Gant | Omar Mismar | Boris Lurie Fellow

Patronship Grants

NO!art-Förderstipendium für Künstler
Reprint von am 19. September 2009

Accepting Applications for Patronship Grants

The Foundation is ready to receive Applications for Patronship Grants in amounts of up to $25,000 to unrecognized, innovative artists in all media, including visual artists, sculptors, poets, musicians and others whose work broadly embraces the spirit of the NO!ART movement represented by the life and work of the Founder Boris Lurie.

Applicants should have a portfolio containing representative pieces of work which can be viewed by the Foundation’s Artistic Director. Grant Applications should be for a working period of one year.

Applications should be submitted directly to Ms Gertrude Stein, Artistic Director of the Boris Lurie Art Foundation, 50 Central Park West, NY, NY 10023 with a copy to Dr. W.F. Pepper, 575 Madison Avenue, Suite 1006, NY, NY 10022.

COMMENT: So far no grants have been awarded until 2019. Only donations have been made to galleries, museums and other institutions.

QUESTION: Which unknown artists has Gertrude Stein supported in her life so far? How can a lawyer objectively judge artists who are worthy of support?

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Patronship Grants | Changed 2014:

Guidelines for Grants
Guidelines For Grant Applications Submitted To The Boris Lurie Art Foundation


Giudelines For Grant Applications
Submitted To The Boris Lurie Art Foundation

Currently, Boris Lurie Art Foundation only accepts applications from organizations with 501(c)3 status. Applicants for grants from the Boris Lurie Art Foundation should carefully study the guidelines set out below. It is important for applicants and applicant organizations to understand that the Foundation does not support partisan political activities of any kind, although it may support educational programs designed to enlighten and enhance awareness of the citizenry with respect to issues which affect their lives and their communities.


If the applicant believes that a grant from the Foundation may be available the next step is to submit a formal skeletal outline and a Request For Consideration which sets out the project or the work being proposed for funding. This communication should be sent by mail to the Foundation’s office at Boris Lurie Art Foundation, 50 Central Park West, Ste. 9B, New York, NY 10023 USA, or by email to


In order to facilitate consideration of the Request For Consideration, the Outline should contain the following information:
■ Name and address of the organization or individual applicant
■ Name of the chief executive officer of the organization and/ or the Project Director.
■ Organization’s, individual’s phone number, fax number and email address, if any.
■ Name and title of the principal contact person and the address, phone number, fax number
    and email address, if different from the above.
■ Web site address


There is no set format but Requests For Consideration should generally contain the following information:
■ The name of the proposed project or the work to be done
■ The geographic area, or areas, where the project or work will be done
■ A narrative which sets out the purpose and nature of the proposed project or work.
■ A statement setting out the significance of the proposed project or work and the potential beneficial results
■ A statement of how the proposed project or work relates to the Applicant, and why the Applicant is qualified
to undertake the project or work, setting out any previous experience
■ The period of time for which funding is requested. Applicants should not that barring exceptional circumstances, it is the preference of the Foundation to issue grants on an annual basis, thus allowing for the review of external evaluation to take place. In this context however, the descriptive narrative should set out the projected longevity of the project or work, and an indication of whether subsequent years’ funding by the Foundation will likely be requested, or the project will become self sustaining, or other funding will be sought.
■ Amount of the grant request, with a budgetary breakdown of the use of funds. (Applicants should note that the Foundation may elect to fund projects or work on an installment basis)


An acknowledgement that the Applicant’s Request For Consideration has been received will be sent to the Applicant and the Request documentation will be sent to the relevant Director for her/his review and recommendation. If, as a result of that review, the Foundation concludes that there is no prospect of Foundation funding the Applicant will be promptly notified of this decision. The review process may involve the Foundation requesting additional information and may involve some modification and a re-submission of the Request. It is anticipated that this process could take up to eight weeks.


As a result of Congressional legislation, Executive Orders and guidelines issued by the Department of the Treasury and lists issued by the European Union and the United Nations, the Foundation will check and screen the names of organizations and their principals as well as individual grantees for any criminal histories or activity.


Applicants submitting requests for project funding should know that the Foundation, in almost every instance, will commission an external evaluation of the project and that a condition of the grant will be that the recipient organization extend full cooperation and transparency to the evaluators.


To the extent possible the Foundation will attempt to fund on a fiscal year basis but, for the most part, there are no fixed deadlines.

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OMAR MISMAR | 2022—2024 Boris Lurie Fellow

Omar Mismar PortraitOmar Mismar is a visual artist based in Beirut. His practice is project driven, probing the entanglement of art and politics, and the aesthetics of disaster. Mismar takes up conflict and its representations via form deliberations, material interventions, and translation strategies, using the performative as gesture and rehearsal.
His fellowship project, Revolution is a Frown Gone Mad, is part of the Vera List Center’s Focus Theme cycle Correction. Revolution is a Frown Gone Mad investigates the rampant culture of Botox in Lebanon as an extension of war and perpetual bouts of violence. Raising fundamental questions on the aesthetics of disaster, the project takes the correction of one’s body, in the form of Botox facial injections, as an entry point to speculate on this phenomenon in Lebanon as a concerted post-war effort and reframes it as a discourse of the sensuous body and the anesthetization of the body politic. The project considers such correction as a state-administered form of redaction whereby shocks must be constantly absorbed, expressions controlled, and reactions kept at bay.
Mismar has been an artist in residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Whitney Independent Study Program, SOMA, and Art Omi. He participated in exhibitions at the San José Museum of Art, Tabakalera, MoMA, Home Works 8, VideoBrasil, Oakland Museum, Leslie Lohman Museum, Hamburg. more

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