Lannan Art Program
Lannan Foundation’s Contemporary Visual Arts Program encompasses three areas of focus: grant-making to non-profit arts organizations; collecting and exhibiting artwork by living artists; and a donation program making gifts of art to American museums and public galleries.
Since 1986 the foundation has given financial support to more than 400 projects with a focus on contemporary art by over 200 organizations throughout the United States. Lannan’s Grant Program allows for the funding of selected artistic initiatives each year; grants exemplary of Lannan’s current interests include support for: publication Nancy Holt: Sightlines; the exhibition Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba; Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-66 exhibition and catalogue.
In addition to funding exhibitions, monographic catalogues and other special projects, the foundation’s Exhibition Program of contemporary art features artists from the Lannan Collection presented at its gallery in Santa Fe, as well as at other hosting institutions. Recent Lannan exhibitions include Transparent; Selections from True: Photographs by Thomas Joshua Cooper; and Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape presented in collaboration with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Activities in the Art Program also include an Acquisition and Gift Program that enables the foundation to continue collecting the work of contemporary artists as well as making gifts of their work to museums and other public institutions throughout the United States. In total, Lannan has gifted over 600 pieces to approximately 30 such institutions.
In 2000 Lannan Foundation made a ten-year commitment of resources to a major collaborative project with Dia Center for the Arts. This multifaceted collaboration has been a main focus of the Foundation’s work in Contemporary Visual Art over the last decade.
While the Dia/Lannan collaboration constitutes the Foundation’s largest financial commitment to date, smaller grants to organizations are considered for exhibitions, land art projects, and innovative contemporary visual art projects.
Photo: Dan Flavin’s the nominal three (to William of Ockham), 1963