Museum gets $100,000 from Andy Warhol Foundation and $500,000 from James Graham Brown Foundation
Louisville, Ky. – The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft’s (KMAC) Executive Director and Chief Curator Aldy Milliken announces that the museum is the recipient of two major grants awarded from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the James Graham Brown Foundation, both of which support the museum’s mission of connecting people to art through education and exhibitions.
“This is an exciting development for the museum,” Milliken said. “The Warhol Foundation supports some of the most dynamic museums and artist projects in the country. This grant is symbolic of direction of the KMAC curatorial department and an acknowledgment of how our exhibitions contextualize local artists in a national conversation about contemporary art.”
The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft uses exhibitions, collaborations, outreach, and the permanent collection to create a dialogue between Kentucky artists and national contemporary art.
The Andy Warhol Foundation awarded the museum with a $100,000 grant to support exhibitions over the next two years. The Foundation funds cultural organizations that support artists or their work by exhibiting and interpreting a broad spectrum of contemporary artistic practice. This support will allow further exploration of exhibitions and artist relationships through 2017.
The James Graham Brown Foundation Grant of $500,000 was the result of a matching challenge that inspired local foundations like Gheens, generous individuals and dedicated board members to invest in the museum. The James Graham Brown Foundation cultivates progress and civic pride through philanthropic investments that promote the image of Kentucky and Louisville and the well-being of its citizens. This support will contribute to KMAC’s ongoing Capital Campaign, which funds educational efforts, endowment, and future exhibitions.
“KMAC is a cultural institution uniquely tied to the evolution of downtown Louisville. This grant will allow us to pursue more ambitious education programs that connect local people and visitors to art and the creative process,” said Aldy Milliken. “The KMAC Capital Campaign will continue in order to build our endowment for sustained programs and arts education programs that now serves over 30,000 K-12 students and over 25,000 visitors each year.”