Dr. Tan Lin of New York City, an associate professor of English at New Jersey City University, has received a $25,000 grant from the “Grants to Artists” program of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA). Dr. Lin is one of only 14 recipients of the 2012 grants, which are awarded annually to individuals in five categories: dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts. Dr. Lin is one of two recipients poetry.
Grant recipients are nominated confidentially by prominent artists and arts professionals and selected by FCA directors and noted members of the arts community on the basis of the merit and imaginativeness of their work and the effect such recognition and support might have on their careers.
The FCA was founded in 1963 by a group of visual artists that included Jasper Johns and John Cage. They developed the concept of a benefit exhibition to help Merce Cunningham and his dance company finance a season on Broadway. Since that time, nearly 900 artists have donated work to raise funds for these grants and hundreds of these unrestricted grants have been made to individuals, groups, and organizations.
Dr. Lin has been a member of the NJCU faculty since 2002. Dr. Lin teaches creative writing and has most recently been awarded grants from
the Asian American Arts Alliance and the Andy Warhol Foundation. His work has been widely published.