I was researching something else when I stumbled across the list of 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation awardees and was reminded what a strong showing the Bay Area made that year. From the show the artists had at CUE Art Foundation last year:
The support the Joan Mitchell Foundation gave these artists has enabled them to establish a foothold in their artistic careers. Some used the grant as seed money to acquire or build a studio space; others purchased art materials; still others used the money to travel or relocate. However the money was used, this exhibition highlights the importance of assisting artists in the formative years of their careers. All of these artists exhibit a high level of quality, imagination, and commitment to their work and studio practice. We thank them for participating, and hope that this exhibition will further generate new opportunities for them in the ensuing years.