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Panel Discussion: "The Artist as Philanthropist: Artist-Endowed Foundations as a New Force in Cultural Philanthropy"

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Robert Rauschenberg color photogravure

Robert Rauschenberg, Bellini #5, 1989. Color photogravure. Anderson Graphic Arts Collection, gift of the Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Charitable Foundation, 1996.74.418

Koret Auditorium

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Aspen Institute present a panel discussion exploring the emerging role of artist-endowed foundations as a force in cultural philanthropy and in the stewardship of America’s artistic heritage. The panel discussion highlights pioneering research by the Aspen Institute, published as National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, documenting the rise in private foundations created in the United States by visual artists.

The Aspen Institute's study, the first research effort to examine this small but fast-growing field, has documented more than 360 foundations, many created in the past two decades, holding $3.5 billion in assets, including $2 billion in art and intellectual property. Bearing the names of such artists as Rauschenberg, Pollock, Krasner, Haring, Lichtenstein, Mapplethorpe, and Warhol, these organizations make grants to nonprofits and to artists and scholars. They steward art collections and archives, operate study centers, contribute artwork to museums, manage artist residency facilities, and conduct art education programs. Some focus solely in the arts while others also address social issues, such as HIV/AIDS, environmental conservation, animal welfare, and mental health. 

Panelists include artist-endowed foundation leaders:
Christy MacLear, executive director, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Ted Berger, treasurer, Joan Mitchell Foundation
along with scholars:
Ruth Fine, former curator of special projects in Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 
Stephen K. Urice, professor of law, University of Miami School of Law
Christine J. Vincent, study director, The Aspen Institute’s National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations

Moderated by: Margaret B. Wilkerson, Professor Emerita at the University of California at Berkeley, and formerly Director of Media, Arts and Culture for the Ford Foundation

California grantmakers providing support to the research and information sharing activities of The Aspen Institute’s National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations include Artists’ Legacy Foundation, California Community Foundation, The Jay DeFeo Trust, Getty Foundation, Lucid Art Foundation, Niki Charitable Art Foundation, and Herb Ritts Foundation. Support for the Study's Bay Area dissemination activities is provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

The Study’s report may be viewed online at www.aspeninstitute.org/psi/a-ef-report.

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This program is free and open to the public.


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