Weatherspoon Art Museum Receives Lincoln Financial Foundation Grant
GREENSBORO, NC: The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is delighted to announce that it has received a $9,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation for its 2018-2019 Learning Opportunities for Diverse Audiences. This follows years of support from the foundation for the museum’s education and outreach programs .
Among the projects to be supported in the coming year are a new, mobile art cart that will provide hands-on artmaking opportunities for visitors. This project supports the Weatherspoon’s goal of increased public engagement, particularly in this case with families.
Other funds will support public programs in conjunction with two upcoming exhibitions, Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World (August 25 to December 9, 2018) and The 1960s: Work from the Permanent Collection (July 15, 2018 to February 17, 2019).
Visitors can take advantage of other free public programs such as Summer Tours Treats, also made possible by Lincoln Financial Foundation.
Summer 2018 – TOURS TREATS at the Weatherspoon Art Museum
Thursdays: June 14, July 12, and August 9, 6:30-7:30 pm, FREE.
Enjoy warm summer evenings while taking in the latest exhibitions with one of our excellent tour guides. Then cool off with summer treats in the museum’s Sculpture Garden. Guided 30-minute tours begin in the museum lobby at 6pm and are appropriate for all ages.
No reservations are necessary, but if your group is larger than 10, please let us know by calling 336-334-5770 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. Summer TOURS TREATS is made possible with generous support from Lincoln Financial Foundation.
Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, believes in empowering people to live greater lives, which advances culture and empowers greater positive change. Its grants are part of Lincoln Financial’s annual $10 million investment in its local communities’ youth education, economic and workforce development, human well-being and arts programs.
For a complete, updated list of WAM programs, visit: http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu
About the Weatherspoon Art Museum
The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets modern and contemporary art for the benefit of its multiple audiences, including university, community, regional, and beyond. Through these activities, the museum recognizes its paramount role of public service, and enriches the lives of diverse individuals by fostering an informed appreciation and understanding of the visual arts and their relationship to the world in which we live.
The Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was founded by Gregory Ivy in 1941 and is the earliest of any art facilities within the UNC system. The museum was established as a resource for the campus, community, and region and its early leadership developed an emphasis—maintained to this day—on presenting and acquiring modern and contemporary works of art. A 1950 bequest from the renowned collection of Claribel and Etta Cone, which included prints and bronzes by Henri Matisse and other works on paper by American and European modernists, helped to establish the Weatherspoon’s permanent collection. Other prescient acquisitions during Ivy’s tenure included a 1951 suspended mobile by Alexander Calder; Woman by Willem de Kooning, a pivotal work in the artist’s career that was purchased in 1954; and the first drawings by Eva Hesse and Robert Smithson to enter a museum collection. In 1989, the museum moved into its present location in The Anne and Benjamin Cone building designed by the architectural firm Mitchell Giurgula. The museum has six galleries and a sculpture courtyard with over 17,000 square feet of exhibition space. The American Alliance of Museums accredited the Weatherspoon in 1995 and renewed its accreditation in 2005 and 2015.
The permanent collection of the Weatherspoon Art Museum is one of the foremost of its kind in the Southeast. It represents all major art movements from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Among the more than 6,000 works in the collection are pieces by such prominent figures as Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Cindy Sherman, Al Held, Alex Katz, Louise Nevelson, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Mark di Suvero, Deborah Butterfield, and Robert Rauschenberg. The museum regularly lends to major exhibitions nationally and internationally.
The Weatherspoon also is known for its adventurous and innovative exhibition program. Through a dynamic annual calendar of twelve to fourteen exhibitions and a multi-disciplinary educational program for audiences of all ages, the museum provides an opportunity for audiences to consider artistic, cultural, and social issues of our time and enriches the life of our university, community, and region.
Weatherspoon Art Museum
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Spring Garden and Tate Streets, PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170, 336.334.5770, email@example.com