Mindy Rose Schwartz (Sculpture), recent winner of the Meier Foundation’s seventh annual Achievement Award, plans to use her prize money to create more work.
Mindy Rose Schwartz (Sculpture), recent winner of the Meier Foundation’s seventh annual Achievement Award, plans to use her prize money to create more work.
December 9

SAIC Faculty Member Shocked to Receive Surprise Grant

On November 21 Chicago magazine’s C Notes announced the recipients of the Seventh annual Achievement Awards given by the Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts. Sculptor and SAIC faculty member Mindy Rose Schwatz (Sculpture) is among three mid-career artists recognized for “making significant contributions to Chicago’s creative community,” winning a “no strings” gift of $33,333.33. “The award was a huge surprise,” Schwartz tells new Chicago contributor Jason Foumberg (MA 2008). Recipients are not required to apply for the grant, and are often unaware they’ve been nominated. Schwartz says she plans to use the money to focus entirely on her craft. “It has been really hard to have a concentrated amount of time to just make work, with how busy my jobs are keeping me,” she explains. “I also could really use a good set of cordless power tools.”