Professor Candida Alvarez (Painting and Drawing) and alum Juan William Chávez (MFA 2004) were awarded Painters and Sculptors Grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Since 1994, the Painters and Sculptors Grants have provided unrestricted funds of $25,000 each to a diverse group of 25 artists. Selected through a tiered process of nomination and jurying, these grants seek to recognize artists who are making exceptional work, who are deserving of greater acknowledgment on a national level, and who will benefit from the recognition and funding that the award provides, according to the Joan Mitchell Foundation's website. Over the last 26 years, the grants have supported more than 500 artists in communities across the United States, often at crucial times in their career. By providing unrestricted funds, the Joan Mitchell Foundation gives recipients the freedom to decide how best to further develop their work and careers. Read about all the winners of the prestigious grant here.