by Rochester Art Center   December 31, 2012

Rochester Art Center Awarded $75,000 Warhol Grant to support new innovative exhibitions program and artist lecture series.

Rochester Art Center is pleased to announce the receipt of a major grant of $75,000 from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This grant provides two years of operating support of the Art Center’s exhibition program and contemporary artist lecture series K(NOW).

 “This grant from the Warhol Foundation is a solid endorsement of the quality and forward-thinking nature of Rochester Art Center’s innovative programming, as the Foundation is known to employ rigorous standards in its funding of new, experimental, and often challenging art,” said Stephen Troutman, Rochester Art Center Board President.

The Warhol Foundation’s grants are made to support original, imaginative, and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual art.  Other recent receipts of the Warhol Foundation grants include The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL;  Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA; Institute of Contemporary Art / University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX; the Guggenheim, New York, NY; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

“It is a great honor to be recognized for our exhibitions and programming alongside such prestigious institutions,” said Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Rochester Art Center.  “This award and significant distinction will impact us in many meaningful ways as we achieve our future goals in offering visitors more enriching exhibitions and adult programming over the next two years.” 

The Rochester Art Center’s exhibition program presents a series of artist centered exhibitions featuring newly commissioned works, large-scale, site-specific installations, artist surveys, and important publications.  Solo exhibitions supported by the Warhol Foundation grant include new projects with Chiharu Shiota (Japan), Monica Sosnowska (Poland), Lamar Peterson (Minnesota), and David Rathman (Minnesota), among others. “We are very proud to have our upcoming exhibitions and K(NOW) lecture series acknowledged by The Warhol Foundation,” said Kris Douglas, Chief Curator, Rochester Art Center.  “It is an exciting opportunity to advance our programming with the Foundation’s assistance.”


Funding from the Warhol Foundation will also support the inaugural presentation of K(NOW), a bold and innovative lecture program that presents artists as generators of new knowledge and pairs national and international contemporary artists with regional experts from across disciplines to explore timely topics regarding how we understand our world today.  Upcoming K(NOW) artists include Lisa Anne Auerback (Los Angeles), Kendall Geers (Johannesburg, South Africa-Brussels), and Chiharu Shiota (Osaka, Japan-Berlin). 


With a mission for advancement of the visual arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts was established in 1987 and is focused primarily on supporting work of a challenging and often experimental nature and encourages curatorial research leading to new scholarship in the field of contemporary art. The Foundations has an objective to foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by encouraging and supporting cultural organizations that in turn, directly or indirectly, support artists and their work. The Foundation values the contribution these organizations make to artists and audiences and to society as a whole by supporting, exhibiting and interpreting a broad spectrum of contemporary artistic practice.


A leading center for contemporary art, the Rochester Art Center is a non-collecting institution located in the heart of Rochester’s historic downtown on the Zumbro River.  Designed by Hammel, Green and Abrahamson (HGA), the Art Center’s simple and clean design works harmoniously with nature – linking the indoors to the outside to create a shimmering complement to the river below. The Art Center shares the view of Mayo Park with Mayo Civic Center and Rochester Civic Theatre.  Founded in 1946, Rochester Art Center presents an ongoing schedule of exhibitions, across a broad spectrum, of new and innovative work by local, regional, national, and international artists, dynamic education programs for all ages, and has an active program of community partnerships and visitor engagement initiatives.