Louisville Visual Art Launches Art Preservation and Purchase Program to Benefit Local Artists and Nonprofits with $1 Million Donation

LOUISVILLE, Ky., September 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Louisville Visual Art (LVA) is thrilled to announce a new program to support from Louisville artists, curators and organizations by placing original works of art in accessible spaces in local non-profit and civic buildings. Curate Purchase Inspire (CPI) is a tremendous opportunity to support the city’s entire visual arts ecosystem through a generous $1 million donation from a local artist and philanthropist, Claire Hirn. It was Clare’s dream to start a program of buying artwork directly from artists at a fair price and placing it in non-profit spaces accessible to the community at large.

Each year, LVA will assemble a diverse committee of community arts leaders to select two emerging local curators who will spend six months working with a nonprofit or public partner to identify work by local artists to purchase and install in spaces. accessible to the public. For the purposes of this program, “curatorial” applicants are not limited to trained or self-taught curators, but may also include artists, designers, writers, or others engaged in creative practice. The IPC will define Louisville except by:

  • Development of an important community art collection, accessible to all citizens of Greater Louisville
  • $900,000 in artwork purchase funds that directly support local artists and our creative economy
  • Real-world critical experience and professional development for emerging curators

Local artists whose work is selected will benefit from sales and be invited to participate in LVA’s series of professional development workshops that teach the fundamentals of art-related business practices. The nonprofit partner will receive the art on permanent loan, provided it remains on display in a place where the public can see it and to create a space for healing, contemplation, or inspiration.

Visual art has the power to transform perspectives and attitudes, and a vibrant art scene nurtures a more compassionate, thoughtful, and beautiful community. CPI will contribute greatly by creating a city-wide collection of regional artwork, held by the public and displayed on the walls of vibrant non-profit organizations. Louisville. LVA sees this as an inspiring opportunity to support the city’s entire visual creativity ecosystem.

About Louisville Visual Arts:
Now in its 112th year, Louisville Visual Art (LVA) supports the life cycle of artists in Louisville.


SOURCE Louisville Visual Arts

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