Charles Wright, newly appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Dia Center for the Arts, and Michael Govan, Director, announced that Dia has received a $200,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 1:1 matching contingent $500,000 grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston. Both grants will support Dia's endowment campaign.
The Brown Foundation Inc. matching contingent grant of $500,000, closes Dia's $5 million drive to match a challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation received in June of 1995. Dia trustees have pledged the balance of the match.
Dia has also received a $200,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts toward Dia's total endowment and stabilization campaign, which has a goal of $12 million. Michael Govan, said: "The NEA Challenge Grant is especially gratifying at a time when governmental support for the arts is being cut back. The National Endowment for the Arts has recognized Dia's public and artistic accomplishments over the past two decades and is helping us to reach out to a broader public for support."
At the February 13th meeting of the Board of Trustees, Charles Wright, former Director of Dia Center for the Arts and current president of R.D. Merrill Company, Seattle, Washington, was elected Chairman of the Board, following the resignation of Ashton Hawkins. Under Wright's leadership, as Director from 1985 to 1994, Dia was transformed into one of the largest institutions in the country devoted to contemporary art with an international program of art and culture. Wright oversaw the establishment of Dia's facility at 548 West 22nd Street which is dedicated to large-scale, single-artist exhibition projects. He also sought out institutional collaborations to establish the Andy Warhol Museum, jointly with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh, and more recently the Cy Twombly Gallery, in partnership with the Menil Collection in Houston.
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