Artis Awards a New Grant to Twenty Artists Based in Israel

Published by Artis December 2020

The Artis Board of Directors and staff are pleased to announce 20 artists who are inaugural recipients of the Artis Grant for Exceptional Work in Uncertain Times , a new and prestigious emergency grant and professional development program from Artis. The grant program creates new pathways for international dialog and exchange among artists, curators, collectors, and the public, and supports a cohort of established contemporary artists based in Israel by providing timely opportunities that are responsive to the challenges experienced worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists receiving this grant were selected in recognition of their dedicated practice, significant body of work, and meaningful contributions to the arts over time, both in Israel and internationally. The selection process included a competitive nomination and review by an outside jury of curators in Israel, as well as the Artis Board of Directors and staff.

As part of the Artis Grant for Exceptional Work in Uncertain Times, artists receive an unrestricted financial grant to support their practice. Additionally, Artis staff work closely with grant recipients to organize virtual studio visits with international curators, and to create an educational video about each artist’s practice. The videos will be produced by Ian Sternthal of Sternthal Books and presented on Artis’ website as part of a new online collection of research materials on contemporary art from Israel, geared towards curators, researchers, writers, and art appreciators, that will launch in early 2021. Please stay tuned for updates about each artist’s work and video interviews, in the year ahead. A warm congratulations to the 20 artists in this cohort of grant recipients, listed below!

Artis does not accept unsolicited proposals for the Artis Grant for Exceptional Work in Uncertain Times. Grants are awarded by invitation only.

Support for the Artis Grant for Exceptional Work in Uncertain Times is generously provided by Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies and Fooksman Family Foundation.

Images in artist list (in order of appearance): Halil Balabin & Merav Kamel, The Hot Dog Man and Distance Thief, 2020, installation view, Artport Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo by Noam Prisman; Natalia Zourabova of the New Barbizon Collective, Beer Sheva Market, 2013, oil on linen, 90×130 cm; Maya Dunietz, Thicket, 2016, installation view, The Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. Photo by Eldad Refaeli; Nir Evron, Belated Measures, 2020, still from 16mm archival film transferred to HD, Hebrew narration, stereo sound,  34 min; Tamar Getter, Pluck Ploy, 2019, wall work and video project, installation view, Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel; Dor Guez, Colony , 2020, still of 3-channel video installation; Michal Helfman, Dear A.S.A/P, photo documentation of rehearsal, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, curated by Anat Danon Sivan and assistant curator Amit Shemma. Photo by Gadi Tzachor; Dor Zlekha Levy, On One Stalk, 2019, two-channel projection and sound installation, installation view, Artport, Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo by Noam Preisman; Ella Littwitz, The elephant in the room, 2019, geocells, tires, 2.5×24.5×11.25 meters. Photo by Centre d’Art la Panera / Jordi V. Pou; Karam Natour, For the Dead, For the Health, 2018, still from video; Guy Ben Ner, Berkeley’s Island, 1999, still from single channel video, 15 min.; Ruth Patir, Petah Tikva, 2020, still from video, 3D animation, sound, 5 min.; Nira Pereg, Ishmael, 2015, the Cave of the Patriarch / Ibrahim Mosque, Hebron, West Bank, still from four channel video installation with sound, 10 min. 25 sec. loop; Eli Petel, Hearts, 2019, mixed media, installation view, “Since Then, Measurements Have Begun”, Bat Yam Museum of Art, Bat Yam, Israel; Elham Rokni, Gemini, 2020, watercolors, oil and pencil on paper, 29.5×42 cm. Photo by Elad Sarig; Roee Rosen, production still from Kafka for Kids, feature length film in post production, 2021. Photo by Goni Riskin; Nirit Takele, Woman Practices Yoga, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 150×120 cm; Nirit Takele, Big Man, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 100×100 cm; Nahum Tevet, For One Room , 2018, installation; Public Movement, A Danger Within Me: Seven Motions for Days of Disbelief, 2020, commissioned by Curtain Up Festival. Photo by Yair Meyuhas; Nevet Yitzhak, Shir Hashirim, 2018.