Contemporary Austin gets $100,000 grant from Warhol Foundation

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded the Contemporary Austin a $100,000 grant for the Austin museum’s fall 2019 exhibition, “The Sorcerer’s Burden.” The grant is part of $3.6 million that the foundation gave out to 42 cultural organizations across the country earlier this week; 224 nonprofit arts groups had applied for the awards.

The Contemporary Austin, Jones Center. Contributed

“The Sorcerer’s Burden” will include work by “emerging and mid-career artists from around the globe,” the Contemporary says; the foundation grant will help fund new, site-specific works at both the downtown Jones Center and Laguna Gloria as well as an exhibition catalogue. Heather Pesanti, chief curator and director of curatorial affairs at the Contemporary, is curating “The Sorcerer’s Burden.”

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“We are honored to receive support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Pesanti’s fascinating exploration of art and anthropology, ‘The Sorcerer’s Burden,'” said Louis Grachos, executive director and CEO of the Contemporary.

The Warhol Foundation also awarded the Contemporary a grant in 2015 for its “Strange Pilgrims” exhibition.


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