The Fall 2016 issue of VoCA Journal focuses on the inspirations and motivations of progressive artist-endowed foundations. Contributors to this issue include leaders from the Jay DeFeo, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Noah Purifoy and Dedalus foundations. While they vary in size and scope, each of these organizations is predicated on the belief that preserving the legacy of their founding artists is not limited to the care and promotion of individual bodies of work, but also involves supporting future generations of artists and the communities in which they live.
by Robin Clark
THROUGH THE SIEVE AND THE LENS OF SCHOLARSHIP. The Jay DeFeo Foundation.
by Robin Clark with Leah Levy
Levy and Clark discuss how the Jay DeFeo Foundation cam to be and Levy's strategy for building a richer historical context for DeFeo’s work.
CHARTING A COURSE FOR THE HELEN FRANKENTHALER FOUNDATION
by Elizabeth Smith
In this article, Executive Director Elizabeth Smith reflects on what has been achieved in the three years since she took the helm of the organization.
CULTIVATING A LIFETIME OF CREATIVITY
Reflections from the Joan Mitchell Foundation's CEO & Program Team
A roundtable conversation among colleagues at the Joan Mitchell Foundation surfaced shared interests in supporting arts education and community development.
INTERGENERATIONAL DIALOGUES AT THE DEDALUS FOUNDATION
by Jack Flam and Katy Rogers
This conversation highlights guiding principles and activities of the Dedalus Foundation, which are inspired by artist Robert Motherwell’s interests in modernist literature, music, and dance, in addition to the visual arts.
ART IS A CONFRONTATION WITH A ‘ME’ THAT NEEDS IMPROVING.
The Beginnings of the Noah Purifoy Foundation
by Richard Cándida Smith
This essay tracks the evolution of the Noah Purifoy Foundation through a personal reflection from founding director Richard Cándida Smith.
MULTIPLE THEORETICAL DIRECTIONS. The Noah Purifoy Foundation Today
by Richard Cándida Smith with Joe Lewis
Two generations of Executive Directors discuss where the Foundation began, how it has evolved since then, and what is next on the horizon.