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 Desert Serenade: Drones, Fences, Cacti, Test Sites, Craters and Serapes and Thomas Joshua Cooper: Carry Me.
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.
Photo: Victoria Sambunaris Untitled, (Red Containers), Fort Worth, TX, 2000, Chromogenic print, 39 x 55 inches