$5,000 toward Industrial Strength: Precisionism and New Jersey, a group exhibition with accompanying catalogue and related public programs that will include painters Elsie Driggs (1898-1992,) Werner Drewes (1899-1985), and Reva Helfond (1910-2002), organized by museum curator Rocio Aranda-Alvarado. This exhibition will explore how these artists, working in the style of Precisionism, enhance our understanding of American culture and identity by examining the physical changes in regional urban and industrial landscapes of the early 20th century.
$10,000 toward African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund collection, a group exhibition with accompanying catalogue, organized by museum curator Staci Boris and guest curator Daniel Schulman. The exhibition, bringing together well over 50 works, will demonstrate the broad geographic and thematic range of African American art following the Harlem Renaissance. This grant is awarded in support of the work of the following artists:
$15,000 toward Slow Time: The Works of Charley Kinney and Noah Kinney, an exhibition on the artists Charley Kinney (1906-1991) and Noah Kinney (1912-1991) with accompanying catalogue and related public programs, organized by museum curator Adrian Swain. Despite being brothers living in close proximity, the Kinneys developed work that was remarkably unique. Charley created bold tempera paintings with supernatural imagery of local lore, historical events and his environment, while Noah constructed painted wooden sculptures of domestic and exotic animals, reliefs of traditional life and life-sized human figures.
$10,000 toward Surrealism U.S.A., a traveling group exhibition with accompanying catalogue and related lectures, organized by museum curator Isabelle Dervaux in consultation with art historian Garrit Lansing. This grant is awarded in support of the following artists: Gertrude Abercrombie (1908-1977), Otis Marion Dozier (1904-1987), Jared French (1905-1987), James Guy (1909-1983), Alexandre Hogue (1898-1984), Charles Howard (1899-1978), Reuben Kadish (1913-1992), Helen Lundeberg (1908-1999), George Marinko (1908-1989), and Charles Rain (1911-1985).
$15,000 toward Thoroughly Modern: The “New Women Art Students” of Robert Henri, a group exhibition with accompanying catalogue and educational programs, organized by museum curator Marian Wardle. This grant is awarded in support of the following artists: Ruth Armer (1896-1977), Margaret Bruton (1894-1983), Elsie Driggs (1898-1992), Elizabeth Eyre De Lanux (1894-1996), Sarah McPherson (1894-1978), Elizabeth Olds (1896-1991), Margaret Rocle (1893-1981), and Margery Ryerson (1886-1989).
$7,500 toward the costs associated with hosting Celebration and Vision: The Hewitt Collection of African American Art, a traveling group exhibition, organized by the Bank of America Foundation. This grant is awarded in support of the following artists: Earl Hill (1927-1985), Alvin Hollingsworth (1931-2001), Ronald Joseph (1910-1992), Ellis Wilson (1899-1977), and Hale Woodruff (1900-1980).
$7,500 to cover the costs of including works by Moira Dryer (1957-1992) in As Painting: Division and Displacement, a group exhibition and accompanying catalogue, organized by guest curators Stephen Melville, Laura Lisbon, and Philip Armstrong. Canadian-born, Dryer worked in New York in the 1980s and 1990s creating large abstract paintings that employed process-oriented techniques. By incorporating objects such as boxes, handles or auto parts into her work, Dryer challenged conventional expectations of abstraction while celebrating the versatile nature of paint.
$15,000 toward the traveling exhibition and accompanying catalogue The Stamp of Impulse: Abstract Expressionist Prints, organized by museum curator David Acton with additional essays by David Lehman and David Amram. Drawn from the museum’s collection, this exhibition of prints, many rarely before viewed by the public, explores the impact of abstract expressionism on the graphic arts through the work of one hundred artists, many of whom are lesser-known.