A.R.T. fund inspires regional projects

What’s that giant chaise longue doing outside Edith Wharton’s home?

Turn out it’s a large format steel sculpture, one of 25 works on display throughout the grounds as part of the collaboration between the Mount and SculptureNow. And it’s made possible in part by a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust Fund at Berkshire Taconic.

In 2014, the A.R.T. Fund awarded $120,000 in grants to arts organizations and individual artists throughout New England and in Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY. The fund was established in 1996 to provide grants to midcareer artists with financial need and a passion and commitment toward their crafts, and to organizations that purchase, exhibit or commission new work.  To date, the fund has awarded more than $2.5 million to support creativity and talent in our region.

The six organizations sharing $56,800 in funding in 2014 include DeCordova  Museum and Sculpture Park,  Fitchburg Art Museum, MASS MoCA and Vermont Studio Center.

The success of the exhibition, the exposure to so many viewers and the positive feedback from the press resonate with our mission of supporting the careers of sculptors and educating the public about sculpture,” says SculptureNow executive director Ann Jon. “We are immensely grateful for the grant from the A.R.T fund.”