Several SAIC community members were awarded grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. The Joan Mitchell Foundation celebrates the life of abstract artist Joan Mitchell (BFA 1947) by expanding awareness of her pioneering work and fulfilling her wish to support and provide opportunities for visual artists. The grant program, established in 1993, acknowledges sculptors and painters who are creating exceptional work by awarding $25,000 to 25 artists every year. Those awarded from the SAIC community are: Lecturer in the Writing department Krista Franklin, Yanira Collado (SAIC 1994–96), Elisabeth Condon (MFA 1988), Nyugen Smith (MFA 2016), and Brittney Leanne Williams (SAIC 2008–09). Read more about the grant and previous awardees here.