Two Funds Award Over $160,000 to Artists and Arts Organizations

Two of our funds recently awarded over $160,000 in grants to support the work of local and regional artists. Recipients use this opportunity to explore new creative paths in all forms of media.

"The A.R.T. grant is a godsend, as it provides me the resources and time needed to research, plan, design and deliver some of the key creative elements required for my large-scale Antarctica Temporalis climate action project," said Gabrielle Senza. "Art has the power to inspire action and create movements, and that’s what this project is about. I am grateful to BTCF for helping to make Antarctica Temporalis possible."

A sculpture entitled, "WildFire", by artist Natalie Tyler of Great Barrington, Mass. was recently exhibited at the United Nations in New York City. It is cast glass, bronze and wood, and is 96" x 16" x 16". Natalie received an A.R.T. Fund grant to purchase a large flat kiln for her larger works.


In 2022, The Artist’s Resource Trust Fund at BTCF awarded $92,000 with an average grant of $10,000. BTCF reviewed 63 individual applications, awarding five, and six applications from organizations, granting five. Read more about the history of the fund in our BTCF News publication. The fund supports mid-career visual artists with financial need in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, as well as Columbia and northeast Dutchess counties in New York. Nonprofit organizations wishing to show, commission or purchase work by mature artists living in New England may also apply. Applications are due Aug. 1.

Grants to individual artists in 2022

  • Sarah Guerin, Wakefield, Mass.
  • Pat Falco, South Boston, Mass.
  • Tara Sellios, South Boston, Mass.
  • Robert Castagna of Medford, Mass.
  • Gabrielle Senza, Great Barrington, Mass.
  • Natalie Tyler, Great Barrington, Mass.

Grants to arts organizations in 2022

  • Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, Vt.
  • Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass.
  • MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass.
  • Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Boston, Mass.
  • Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vt.
Mass MoCA
Mass MoCA received an A.R.T. grant to support work by mid-career New England visual artists. Photo by John Dolan.
Artist Anastasia Traina received a Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant to support the transition of her work into glass sculpture saying, "Glass truly feels like it breathes new life into my artistic vision, in that it allows me to capture the mythical surrounded by nature." Photo by John Dolan.


In 2022, the Martha Boschen Porter Fund received 40 applications and awarded 17 grants, with an average grant of $5,000 for a total of $65,500. The fund supports regional artists in all media—including painters, writers, photographers and musicians—who are emerging in their field or experiencing a significant change of direction in their work. Artists who reside in Berkshire, Columbia, northeast Dutchess or northwest Litchfield counties may apply by July 15.

Grants to individual artists in 2022

  • Hannah Cohen of Lee, Mass.
  • Lauren Coyne of North Adams, Mass.
  • Ann Daly of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Michelle Daly of Pittsfield, Mass.
  • Sara F. Okamura of North Adams, Mass.
  • Kari Giordano of Lee, Mass.
  • Paul Harbutt of Hudson, NY.
  • Diana Herold of Amenia, NY.
  • Alice Hixon Kirk of Monterey, Mass.
  • Dawn Lane, Stockbridge, Mass.
  • Francesca Olsen, North Adams, Mass.
  • Anastasia Traina, East Chatham, NY.
  • Laura Tupper, Becket, Mass.
  • Dien Vo, Great Barrington, Mass.
  • Lisa Vollmer, Great Barrington, Mass.
  • Nicholas Whitman, Williamstown, Mass.
  • Caitlin Winner, Craryville, N.Y.