Monday, February 12, 2007

Efroymson Family Funding

A few days ago the New York Times posted this news bit about the generous $2.5 million dollar endowment grant given by the Eforymson family to the Indianapolis Museum of Art for the commission of new site specific art works on a 6 month rotation.

-by Carol Vogel

Like many encyclopedic museums today, the Indianapolis Museum of Art wants to enhance its contemporary-art collections and programs. Now it has received some help: a $2.5 million endowment grant toward the commissioning of site-specific installations for its new entry pavilion. The pavilion is named for a local family, the Efroymsons, and the grant comes from the Efroymson Fund.

Maxwell L. Anderson, the museum’s director, said the project “adds vitality to the programming and connects the art of our time with the art of all time.”

Every six months a different artist is to create a work for the pavilion. The first piece, to be installed this spring, will be by the New York sculptor Tony Feher.

Also of note, the Central Indiana Community Foundation has just announced the third round of the Efroymson Fellowship grants. I have always considered this one of the best opportunities for artists in Indiana and in time could prove most important to raising awareness to Indiana artists and strengthen the level of competition amongst our artists. CICF will also be taking advantage of's submission process, which you may have read about awhile back in one of my earlier posts. The below information is taken straight from CICF's email announcement.

Efroymson Fund Announces Third Round of Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowships Five $20,000 awards will be given to contemporary visual artists in the State of Indiana

Fellowship Overview
Now in its 3rd year, the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship program was established to increase awareness of contemporary art in Indiana. The intent of the fellowships are to reward creativity and encourage emerging and established artists by supporting their artistic development.

Award Amounts
Five (5) $20,000 Fellowship awards will be given to contemporary visual artists that currently reside in the State of Indiana.

Eligibility Requirements
• Contemporary visual artists age 25 and over
• Residents of the State of Indiana. Documentation of full-time residency since March 9, 2006 is required
• Recipients must reside in the State of Indiana during the duration of the one year fellowship

Fellowship Selection Criteria
• Quality and skill of the work
• Creativity and uniqueness of the work
• Artist’s commitment to developing his or her work
• Impact the award will have on the artists career

2007 Visual Art Categories
Eligible artists must work in one or more of the following disciplines:
• Painting
• Fine art limited edition prints
• Sculpture (materials used can include glass, video, metal, wood or textile)
• Installation art (materials used can include glass, video, metal, wood or textile)
• Photography
• New media (computer generated still image or 3-D art)

The following visual art disciplines or mediums will not be accepted: animation, performance art, short film, illustration, or wearable or functional decorative art including ceramics, jewelry, wood, or glass.

Application Deadline
Artists should hand deliver or mail applications to Central Indiana Community Foundation in Indianapolis. Central Indiana Community Foundation must receive applications by 5:00p.m. Friday, March 9, 2007. All digital images must be submitted on no later than 5:00p.m. March 9th. Applications that are faxed, e-mailed, or received by mail after the 5:00p.m March 9th. Applications that are faxed, e-mailed, or received by mail after deadline will not be accepted.

2007 Fellowship Timeline
February 10th Application forms available to download at
March 9th by 5:00p.m. Central Indiana Community Foundation must receive all application material
and digital images must be uploaded to
March Selection Committee review of application material and slides
Early April Recipients notified
End of April Public announcement and awards reception for fellowship recipients

To download the complete guidelines and application form, go to .

The Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowships, are made possible by the Efroymson Fund, a donor-advised fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

5 Responses to “Efroymson Family Funding”

Jeffrey Geesa said...
February 13, 2007 at 2:52 PM

I love Tony Feher. Have you heard anything else about the nature of the installation?

Anonymous said...
February 14, 2007 at 12:21 AM

who got the efroymson grants?

Scott said...
February 14, 2007 at 12:33 AM


At this time I have no details on the Tony Feher installation other than what the NYT's article stated but once we hear more we will let you all know.


Previous winners of the Efroymson Fellowship Grant have been, in 2004, artists Gregory Hull, Linda Adele Goodine, Eric Nordgulen, Marc Jacobson, and David Russick. 2005 Fellows include Katrin Asbury, Stuart Hyatt, Emily W. Kennerk, Brian Myers, and Jamie Pawlus. To see some of their work you should stop by IMOCA to see a group show of the previous round winners. Over all a good show. There was no grant given in 2006.

Anonymous said...
February 14, 2007 at 9:26 AM

Oh. I thought you meant they announced the third set of winners.

cjagers said...
February 17, 2007 at 9:43 PM

Interestingly, CICF had SlideRoom alter its system so reviewers cannot see the names of applicants. Everybody's name will be replaced with number to ensure fairness in the selection process. I have been really impressed with the integrity of this whole organization.

Christopher Jagers
SlideRoom President

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