Tv author and producer Norman Lear has donated a 1962 Hans Hofmann portray to Bennington Faculty to fund a brand new scholarship targeted on social justice and activism. After exhibiting the Summary Expressionist work, titled “Breakers,” the Vermont liberal arts faculty will promote it as a part of its “Artwork for Entry” program, began in 2018.
The 2-part program cultivates the school’s artwork assortment by inviting donations of artwork from alumni and different members of the Bennington neighborhood. Via the gross sales of a few of these works frequently, the college funds scholarships to extend range, fairness, and entry.
For the reason that founding of “Artwork for Entry,” Bennington Faculty has acquired 700 artistic endeavors and generated $3.9 million by means of the gross sales of artworks. Trustee and Artwork for Entry Committee Co-chair Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan donated 650 of these works.
The Hofmann portray will ultimately be offered and its proceeds used to ascertain the brand new Norman & Lyn Lear Scholarship in Social Justice and Activism. In Might, a piece by the German-born artist, an influential pressure within the Summary Expressionist motion of the mid-Twentieth century, offered for over $2.5 million at public sale.
However for now, the portray will likely be exhibited in a newly renovated constructing on campus.
Bennington artwork professor and painter Jules Olitski first donated “Breakers” to the school in 1984. Lear bought it from the college two years later, with the promise to bequeath the portray upon his dying. Lear, who turns 100 in July, determined to offer the portray again sooner.
“We’re grateful that Lear has chosen to return the image now, permitting new college students, college, and workers to get pleasure from and be taught from it, in addition to considerably advancing our scholarship objectives when the work is ultimately offered,” Trustee and Arts for Entry Co-chair Michael Hecht stated in a press launch.
Lear lived close to Bennington Faculty and his kids attended preschool on its campus. He led a profitable profession as a author and producer for reveals and sitcoms reminiscent of All within the Household and The Jeffersons.
“My household and I’ve loved the gorgeous Hofmann portray for a few years and are honored to return it to the school so it will probably assist present entry to a Bennington training for generations of future college students who’ve the creativity, drive, and creativeness to check and construct a greater world,” Lear stated within the assertion.