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New York City Art Foundations to Give Aid to Tri-State, Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts

April 28, 2020

The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, and the Cy Twombly Foundation, as part of their respective COVID-19 relief efforts, have established an emergency relief grant program that will provide aid to Tri-State non-salaried workers in the visual arts who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. The program, initiated by The Willem de Kooning Foundation, will be administered in partnership with nonprofit arts service organization New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).



Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Commits $5 Million to Multi-Year COVID-19 Relief Effort for the Arts

April 2, 2020

The Foundation announced The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort, a $5-million commitment to relief funding over the next three years. This multi-year initiative builds on the Foundation’s commitment to supporting artists and art institutions and marks the Foundation’s largest commitment of funding to date in support of a single cause since becoming active in 2013.



Helen Frankenthaler, Provincetown I, 1961, oil on canvas, 92 ¾ x 101 ¼ inches (235.6 x 257.2 cm) Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo by Jordan Tinker, courtesy John Berggruen Gallery



Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Awards $2.5 Million to Endow Doctoral Programs at Five Universities

January 28, 2020

The 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 program’s next phase, the Foundation is awarding $500,000 to five different universities—The Graduate Center, CUNY; Harvard University; Institute of Fine Arts at New York University; Stanford University; and University of Chicago—to 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.

Image: Students from the second and third years of UCLA’s MFA Painting program with Professor Silke Otto-Knapp and HFF Executive Director Elizabeth Smith. Photo: Robert Benson.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts Announces the Establishment of the Annual Helen Frankenthaler Award for Painting

January 6, 2020

Foundation for Contemporary Arts announced the creation of The Helen Frankenthaler Award for Painting, a new $40,000 award in memory of the artist Helen Frankenthaler, who was one of FCA’s early supporters. Presented to an individual artist demonstrating Frankenthaler’s passion for innovation and experimentation in the medium, this annual grant is underwritten by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, and administered through FCA’s distinguished Grants to Artists program. 


The inaugural Helen Frankenthaler Award for Painting will be made to New York-based artist Kerstin Brätsch.


Image: Helen Frankenthaler in her East Eighty-third Street studio, New York, in front of Hybrid Vigor (1973), 1973. Photo by Edward Youkilis/Courtesy Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Archives, New York/Artwork © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Helen Frankenthaler and James Schuyler: A Correspondence

By Douglas Dreishpoon

January 1, 2020


“Helen Frankenthaler and James Schuyler: A Correspondence”, an essay by the Director of the Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné Douglas Dreishpoon exploring the relationship between artist Helen Frankenthaler and poet James Schuyler published in this Winter issue of the Paris Review.