WARHOL FOUNDATION AWARDS MAJOR GRANT FOR ART EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMS
One of three L.A. institutions selected for funding
Los Angeles, CA – July 30, 2015 – LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) announces an $80,000 grant over two years from New York-based Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Only three Los Angeles non-profit institutions were selected this year for grants from this prestigious funder. LACE’s grant is for three different activities: Emerging Curators, an annual exhibition to promote outstanding curatorial concepts; The Project Room, a series of exhibitions in a 350 sq. ft. gallery that showcases experimental and community-based art; and Summer Residency, an opportunity for an artist to create new work in the main gallery.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts supports “artist-centered organizations that originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary arts, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized or challenging in nature.” This year the Foundation awarded grants to 48 organizations in 15 states for a total of $3,643,868. Among the other organizations that received funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts are Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Clockshop, Los Angeles; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Art Institute of Chicago, Kemper Gallery at Washington University, St. Louis; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Art21 Inc, N.Y., and the Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, N.Y.
This grant funds LACE’s current Summer Residency with Rafa Esparza who is profiled in a recent LA Times story. Upcoming projects supported by Warhol include the January 2016 exhibition Customizing Language, the first in the Emerging Curator series. The curatorial team selected South, Central, and North American artists who use language to investigate local, historical and transnational issues. Also in January 2016 in the Project Room will be Notes from the Front Line: Asymmetric Strategies in Art Production, a multimedia installation of work by artists who respond to the global economic recession by using everyday materials and DIY strategies.
LACE also received significant funding this year from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the MAP Fund in support of its programs.
About the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Created in 1987, the Foundation’s mission is both to secure Warhol’s legacy and support the creation, presentation and documentation of innovative contemporary visual art. The program has been both pro-active in its approach to the field of cultural philanthropy and responsive to the changing needs of artists. As Warhol said, “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”