PARRISH ART MUSEUM TO RECEIVE A $25,000 GRANT FROM THE
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS IN SUPPORT
OF THE PLATFORM EXHIBITION
“TOMASHI JACKSON: THE LAND CLAIM”
Tomashi Jackson in her studio, 2019. Photographer: Christopher Gregory
The Parrish Art Museum has announced that it has been approved for an Arts Work grant in the amount of $25,000 by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in support of its 2020 Platform project Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim.
According to Mary Anne Carter, NEA Chairman, “These awards demonstrate the resilience of the arts in America, showcasing not only the creativity of their arts projects but the organizations’ agility in the face of a national health crisis. We celebrate organizations like the Parrish Art Museum for providing opportunities for learning and engagement through the arts in these times.”
Parrish Interim Director Chris Siefert said, “The Museum is tremendously grateful for the NEA’s support of this timely project.”
Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim, organized by Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects, focuses on the historic and contemporary lived experiences of Latinx, Black, and Indigenous families on the East End of Long Island, and how issues of housing, transportation, livelihood, migration, and agriculture link these communities. Early in 2020, Jackson met with historians and community stakeholders from OLA of Eastern Long Island, Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center, and the Shinnecock Nation.
The exhibition, part of the Museum’s annual Platform series, was originally slated to open in July 2020. Due to the Museum’s temporary COVID-related closure the project was modified and now consists of an extensive body of work including digital/onsite projects for summer 2020, a physical exhibition at the Parrish in 2021, a comprehensive Museum publication following the exhibition, and many additional elements. As the Inga Maren Otto Fellow at the Watermill Center (tentatively postponed to spring 2021) Jackson will develop a new series of paintings for the Parrish exhibition; an installation of photographs from family, church, historical society archives; and her own photographs of local sites that will be printed on translucent vinyl strips and suspended from the Museum’s angled rafters. The digital resource archive will include recorded stories, transcripts, and new line drawings.
Parrish Art Museum
Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.
Portrait photo: Christopher Gregory
Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.