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The Breadth and Depth of It
October 14, 2008
The United States has a long tradition of federal support for the visual arts, from the 14th Congress's 1817 commission of four murals by John Trumbull for the Capitol Rotunda...
New Ways of Seeing
October 14, 2008
From its earliest days the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) sought to assist museums and visual arts organizations reach new audiences. The NEA helped them discover the most effective...
Making Art Outside the Box
August 28, 2008
Sculptor Sheri Simons was a U.S./Japan Creative Artists’ Program fellow for six months in 2006. Simons heard about the fellowship during graduate school, when she was an assistant to an...
NEA Administers Historic Design Competition
May 28, 2008
At the request of Congress, the NEA has partnered with the Architect of the Capitol and the Joint Committee on the Library for a competition to design a sculpture of...
To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities
May 1, 1997
Creased canvases, cracked paint, warped frames, and discolored mats were just some of the problems conservators faced as they delved into a treasure trove of art long hidden from public...
NEA Panel Chooses Design for Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
January 1, 1981
In November of 1980, the Council for the Arts approves a funding request from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to support a competition to select the design team for the...
Milt Hinton: NEA Jazz Master and Master Photographer of Jazz
May 1, 1977
In 1977, Jazz bassist Milt Hinton received a music fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; sixteen years later, the Arts Endowment again honored Hinton, this time as an...
Thomas Hart Benton's Final Gift
January 1, 1975
Artist Thomas Hart Benton was reviewing his completed work illustrating the origins of country music when he died of heart failure on January 19, 1975. The colorful six-by-ten foot mural...
Facing It: Iconic Artist Chuck Close receives a Visual Arts Fellowship
January 1, 1973
Born in Washington in 1940, Charles Thomas Close -- he professionally became Chuck thanks to a misunderstanding with a reporter -- knew he wanted to be an artist from the...