The Precipice Fund provides critical support for artist-driven organizations, projects, initiatives, and publications that exist on the edge of new practice. These projects operate outside of traditional forms of support, galvanize communities, promote critical dialogue, and encourage generative and expansive artistic process while driving culture forward regionally and nationally. These often informal, anti-institutional, serious, intentionally nebulous, and innovative projects are an integral part of Portland’s vital art ecology and are emulative of the pioneering spirit of the Pacific Northwest.
While we believe strongly in the productivity, rigor, and excellence engendered by competitive funding, the Precipice Fund aspires to cultivate a culture of grantmaking that emphasizes community over competition, awarding projects that are highly connective and publicly accessible.
2016 Grant Recipients View grantees >
Precipice Fund is proud to announce its Round Four (2016–17) grant recipients. In the program’s fourth year, $75,000 was awarded to 17 collaborative artist projects and spaces, ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 each.
Kristan Kennedy, PICA’s Visual Art Curator, and Roya Amirsoleymani, PICA’s Director of Community Engagement, gathered four panelists to review projects. The 2016 Precipice Fund Panelists were: Elizabeth Chodos, Executive and Creative Director at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency (Saugatuck, MI); Ryan N. Dennis, Public Art Director and Curator at Project Row Houses (Houston, TX); Jeff Jahn, art critic and independent curator (Portland, OR); and Carlee Smith, Artist and Former Precipice Fund Grantee (Portland, OR).
Precipice Fund is administered with lead support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti, as part of the Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
About the Warhol Regional Regranting Program
The Regional Regranting Program aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program allows the Foundation to reach the sizeable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other projects. The Foundation plans to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on-the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is highest.
The nine re-granting programs–developed and facilitated by organizations in Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, New Orleans, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco–provide grants of up to $6,000 for the creation and public presentation of new work. Together the programs have funded more than 240 projects over six years. For more information, visit warholfoundation.org.
Partners in the Regranting Network
Alternative Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Grit Fund, Baltimore, MD
The Idea Fund, Houston, TX
The Kindling Fund, Portland, ME
Platforms Fund, New Orleans, LA
The Propeller Fund, Chicago, IL
Rocket Grants, Kansas City, MO
Wavemaker Grants, Miami, FL