by Kinsee Morlan
The tendency to award art grants to institutions rather than individuals has been prevalent since the famous “NEA Four” case in 1990, when National Endowment for the Arts chairman John Frohnmayer vetoed grants to four artists due to what he considered controversial subject matter. While the artists won their case, the NEA eventually bowed to pressure from Congress and cut off funding to individual artists. Many other grantors followed suit.
This year, the San Diego Foundation’s gutsy new Creative Catalyst Fund: Individual Artists Fellowship will defy that trend and finance innovative projects by San Diego artists like Joel P West, Wes Bruce, Kira Carrillo Corser, Justin Hudnall and Vicki Leon.