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Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Launches Two Art Education Initiatives

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1967.

STEVEN SLOMAN/©2018 HELEN FRANKENTHALER FOUNDATION, INC./COURTESY HELEN FRANKENTHALER FOUNDATION

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in New York has announced two new initiatives that will help fund college- and university-level art education. The initiatives will provide roughly $5 million in funding, split over a two-year period.

Through the foundation’s Frankenthaler Scholarships, four American universities’ M.F.A. painting departments will receive $500,000. This year’s grantees are the Columbia University School of the Arts, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, and the Yale School of Art.

Another $2 million will be awarded to M.F.A. or Ph.D. art history programs at four additional universities in 2019. These institutions, as well as those recognized in 2018, will also receive funds for Helen Frankenthaler Foundation–related programming.

Additionally, the foundation will start the Frankenthaler Prints Initiative, through which ten college- or university-affiliated museums receive ten Frankenthaler prints, up to ten proofs by the artist, and a $25,000 grant. The museums will use the funds to exhibit and study the gifted works over three years.

The 2018 Frankenthaler Prints Initiative awardees are the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin; the Bowdoin College Museum of Art; the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum; the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts/Hammer Museum; the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the Princeton University Art Museum; the Rhode Island School of Design Museum; the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum; and the University of Kansas’s Lawrence Spencer Museum of Art.

Elizabeth Smith, the executive director of the foundation, said of the new initiatives, “Helen Frankenthaler was eminent among the second generation of postwar American painters, and widely known as one of the most significant printmakers of her time. Through gifts and grants to university art museums, the Frankenthaler Prints Initiative will enrich their collections and make possible the study of many innovative contributions to the printmaking field.”

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