National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman has announced that the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Cummer is recommended for a $37,000 grant to support an exhibition of medieval art illustrating the concept of empathy, a topic still relevant today.
The exhibition, The Art of Empathy, will examine late medieval devotional artwork in relation to the Museum’s Mother of Sorrows painting (c.1470) by the Master of the Stötteritz Altar. The exhibition will include 21 carefully selected artworks, 19 of which are borrowed from seven collections in the United States and Germany, including Walters Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Davison Art Center, Munich’s Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, and Aschaffenburg’s Stiftsmuseum. The objects represent a broad range of media – panel painting, manuscript illumination, printmaking (woodcut, metalcut, and engraving), printed books, wood sculpture, and metalwork. The exhibition is curated by David S. Areford, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The funding from the NEA will support the exhibition, catalogue, and related educational programming.
“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including The Art of Empathy exhibition,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”
“The Cummer is thrilled to receive support from the NEA for this important project,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “We have been working with Dr. Areford since 2010 to bring our Mother of Sorrows to life and give her the recognition she deserves as a true masterwork in our permanent collection. We look forward to sharing this exhibition with our visitors.”
In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.
For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.