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Visual Arts Teacher Josh Dorman Receives Prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Spence Visual Arts teacher Josh Dorman is one the recipients of the 2023-2024 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Dorman, who has been teaching at Spence since 2004, is among 93 international artists from 15 countries and 14 states selected by the foundation this year to receive nearly $2.7 million in grants. Since 1985, the foundation has served as one of the leaders in providing resources to emerging and established artists internationally.
The award, among the most competitive and prestigious grants in the art world, is a pinnacle of Dorman’s career as an artist: “It feels like a miracle and a real validation,” he shares.
Dorman’s large-scale paintings feature the interplay between collaged images and delicate drawn surfaces. “The worlds of form and image that I create have an internal logic, like a poem or novel,” Dorman shares about his work. “There are visual rhymes and dozens of narratives, but I do not prescribe to a single reading. My aim is for the paintings to be simultaneously hyper-specific and completely open-ended.” Dorman’s work is represented in galleries in New York, London, and Seattle. You can find out more about Dorman’s work on www.joshdorman.net and Instagram: @joshdormanart.
Congratulations, Mr. Dorman. We look forward to the amazing growth and opportunities that this award brings to your artwork and to your teaching.
About the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Established in 1985 through the generosity of Lee Krasner, one of the foremost abstract expressionist painters of the 20th century, the Foundation has awarded more than 5,000 grants to professional artists and organization for a total of $87 million. 
A K-12 independent school in New York city, The Spence School prepares a diverse community of girls and young women for the demands of academic excellence and responsible citizenship.


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