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 who selected the 2017-2018 were Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Curator at El Museo del Barrio, Kelly Baum, Curator of Postwar and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Seph Rodney, staff writer and editor for Hyperallergic. 

Preliminary panelists were Wayne HodgeErica MagreyNyeema MorganJean ShinPremnath Rit Sreshta and Bryan Zanisnik, all former Smack Mellon Studio 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, The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust, Jerome Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc., Select Equity Group Foundation, and Smack Mellon’s Members.  

Smack Mellon programs are also made possible with generous support from The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Iorio Charitable Foundation, and Exploring The Arts.

Space for Smack Mellon’s programs is generously provided by the Walentas family and Two Trees Management.

 

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