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Harwood Museum of Art Awarded $40,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
May 11, 2015

Harwood Museum of Art Awarded $40,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Taos, New Mexico - Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA announced a $40,000 grant award to The Harwood Museum of Art for the exhibition Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round. NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from The Harwood Museum of Art represents an investment in both local communities and our nation's creative vitality."

"We're thrilled and honored to be awarded this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts," said Harwood Museum of Art Director Susan Longhenry. "The Harwood's vision is ' . . . . to bring Taos arts to the world, and world arts to Taos.' Taos is an internationally important arts community, and we're deeply grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for partnering with us on this important project."

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West is guest co-curated by Lois Rudnick - Luhan's biographer - and art historian MaLin Wilson-Powell. The exhibition will explore the influence of patron and writer Mabel Dodge Luhan on the development of American Modernism. Noted for inviting artists such as Ansel Adams, Marsden Hartley, Andrew Dasburg, and Agnes Pelton to Taos, Luhan is thought to have introduced American Modernism to the region. The exhibition will focus on artists who came to Taos at Mabel's behest and quickly became part of her circle. Modernist works by painters and photographers such as Andrew Dasburg, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Ansel Adams, Agnes Pelton, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand and Rebecca Salsbury (Strand) James will be displayed alongside Hispanic and Native American art that Mabel collected, and that inspired Modernist sensibilities. Approximately one third of the objects will be drawn from The Harwood Museum of Art's collections, with the remaining objects borrowed from national private and museum collections and archives.

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West will be on view at The Harwood Museum of Art May 22-September 11, 2016. It will then travel to at least two other venues. The exhibition will be accompanied by extensive public programming, a full-color catalogue, and an online component. It had previously been awarded a $100,000 grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. The exhibition catalog is made possible through the generous support of Orin and Stephanie Smith.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov

IMAGES AND INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Contact: Susan Longhenry, 575-758-9826, ext. 106, susanl@unm.edu

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