Louisville Artist Donates $1 Million to Louisville Visual Art for New Curatorial Program

With a donation of $1 million, Louisville Visual Art will launch a new program to increase access to visual fine art in public spaces.

The new funds, donated by the artist Claire Hirn, will contribute to the launch of the program of conservation and purchase of works of art. This new program will aim to increase interactions between the public and art, but also the ability of artists and curators to access funds for their work.

“During the close of 2020, LVA’s new manager, Kristian Anderson, invited me to a zoom meeting where he made it clear that LVA intended to support and further respond to artists pursuing professional careers in Louisville. “, Hirn said in a press release. “In nurturing the dream of this project, I had been intimidated by the prospect of starting a new non-profit organization to make it a reality. The partnership with LVA that grew out of my conversations with Kristian is the perfect way to give live my dream.

Hirn has been working as an artist for over 35 years.

With funds, LVA will work to build diversity within the committees and within the artists and curators with whom they interact. Each year of the new program, LVA will expect selected curators to work with local non-profit organizations and other public partners to identify artists and works that would be available and suitable for purchase and exhibition. display in spaces accessible to the public.

Curator candidacies are not limited to those who are formally trained or self-trained as curators. The organization would also like artists, designers, writers or others engaged in creative practice to apply.

For the program, the goal is to set Louisville apart by:

  • Development of an important community art collection, accessible to all citizens of Greater Louisville
  • $900,000 in artwork purchase funds directly supporting local artists and our creative economy
  • Real-world critical experience and professional development for emerging curators

For artists whose work is selected and purchased, they will have access to LVA’s Artist Resource Series which teaches artists the fundamentals of running an art-related business.

Over its 112 year history, LVA has done a lot to help local artists and the community. This new program is a great new part of that legacy.

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