Smack Mellon's Hot Picks program was launched in 2007. The top artists, as selected from the Studio Program applicants by a panel of esteemed curators, arts professionals, and established artists, are featured on the Smack Mellon website for one year. 

The panelists this year were:  Andria Hickey, Associate Curator, Public Art Fund; Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem; and Hrag Vartanian, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Hyperallergic. Preliminary panelists were: Susan Graham, Liz Magic Laser, Cheryl Molnar, and Ivan Monforte, artists.

The Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust, Jerome Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc., The Greenwich Collection Ltd., and Smack Mellon’s Members.

Smack Mellon programs are also made possible with generous support from The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Joan Mitchell Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, David & Minnie Berk Foundation, and Exploring The Arts.

We would like to thank The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, the Walentas family and Two Trees Management, Art Dealers Association of America Relief Fund, Dumbo Improvement District, Art F City, Richard Prince Studio, Mixed Greens Gallery, Gilbert MacKay Foundation, Athena Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York Council for the Humanities, Stephen Sollins, Niloo and Joe Steele, Creative Time Inc., Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Marie & John Zimmermann Fund, Inc., Allison and Tom Franco, St. Joseph High School, and all of the individuals who donated and volunteered to help us clean up and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. 
 
Space for Smack Mellon’s programs is generously provided by the Walentas family and Two Trees Management. 

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