NEW YORK, NY.- Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
announced the selection of five new institutional partners for Frankenthaler Scholarships, a multi-year initiative that has dedicated more than $4 million to art and art history graduate programs around the country. For the programs next phase, the Foundation is awarding $500,000 to five different universitiesThe Graduate Center, CUNY; Harvard University; Institute of Fine Arts at New York University; Stanford University; and University of Chicagoto support the creation of named endowments that will offer one or more annual fellowships for doctoral students studying art history. These endowment gifts build on the inaugural round of Frankenthaler Scholarships, which support MFA programs in painting.
In addition to expanding its Frankenthaler Scholarships, the Foundation has continued to advance the contemporary practice of painting and the academic study of modern art history through philanthropic initiatives that stimulate new research on the art of Frankenthalers lifetime and inspire the next generation of painters. Recent initiatives include the creation of a new eponymous award with the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the donation of a major painting by Frankenthaler to Tate Modern, and a $1-million gift to the capital campaign of the Studio Museum in Harlem to name the research library and support scholarship in the Museums new building.
Helen was passionate about art education. Having benefited from her years at Bennington College, she maintained an active lecture schedule at universities and art schools across the U.S. We are very excited to be supporting these five outstanding doctoral programs in art history by endowing Frankenthaler Scholarships, as our gifts reflect Helen's deep passion for the history of art, stated Clifford Ross, Chair of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundations Board of Trustees.
Elizabeth Smith, Executive Director of the Foundation, added, The array of recent gifts, including not only the continuation of the Frankenthaler Scholarships program but also the new Foundation for Contemporary Arts award, the work gifted to Tates collection, and the support for the Studio Museum in Harlems research facilities speak to Helens core ideals for supporting the visual arts, in both research and practice.
The first Ph.D. fellowships in the Frankenthaler Scholarships program will be awarded for the 20202021 academic year. Faculty at the associated institutions will select one or more student recipient(s), with preference given to those concentrating in the history of modern art.
These new endowment gifts build on the initial set of Frankenthaler Scholarships, which in 2018 donated $500,000 to four universitiesColumbia University School of the Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, and Yale School of Artto establish endowment funds for annual support for MFA students concentrating in painting. The inaugural MFA fellowships for the 20192020 academic year were awarded to Nicole Doran (SAIC), Alexandra Heilbron (UCLA), Carly Sheehan (Yale), and Kiyomi Taylor (Columbia).