Now in its thirteenth year, the foundation's mission is to underscore the importance of supporting individual artists with unrestricted funding. This year's awards, totaling $39,000, honor four artists in recognition of their artistic achievement as well as one artist-run organization which has presented exceptional work for over 30 years.
Gilmor has been honored with a grant for the design and publication of a monograph book on her 40-year career. The book is designed by Sheila Ross, head designer at Fordham in New York City. It has also been funded by two faculty development summer grants from Mount Mercy. The book will be available July 2012.
For the past 35 years, Gilmor's artistic practice has been concerned with social issues found in situations and psychological narrative. In addition to creating sculptures, videos and performances, Gilmor has been a pioneer in the area of community-based public work, collaborating with hospitals and homeless shelters in her quest to provide a voice for individuals and connect them with the surrounding community.
"I have never been so surprised, ecstatic, and honored simultaneously," says Gilmor. "To receive such a national award from a panel of artist peers, to be one of only four recipients nationally – I am very thrilled. What an incredible gift from one artist to another."
Gilmor has exhibited nationally and internationally for the past 35 years and has been awarded NEA Artist's Fellowships, a McKnight Interdisciplinary Fellowship, and residency fellowships in Ireland, Italy, London, and at The McDowell Colony among others. In 2004 she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Portugal. Her work is in numerous collections including The Des Moines Art Center, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art library, The Bemis Foundation, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and she has been reviewed in numerous journals, including Cabinet, The New York Times, The New Art Examiner, and The Chicago Tribune.
The Tanne Foundation was founded by an artist in order to enrich the artistic experience and broaden horizons for artists and audiences alike. Since its inception the foundation has made awards to sixty-one artists and nine organizations in recognition of outstanding achievements in a variety of fields in the visual and performing arts, including performance art, painting, poetry, music, acting and dance.