Thater, Natural History One, 2019. © Diana Thater. Photo: © ArtCenter College of Design/Ruben Diaz
Thater, Natural History One, 2019. © Diana Thater. Photo: © ArtCenter College of Design/Ruben Diaz

David Zwirner Announces Artists for ArtCenter Benefit Sale

David Zwirner is pleased to announce Artists for ArtCenter, a charitable online presentation in collaboration with ArtCenter College of Design, launching on July 19 on davidzwirner.com. Featuring works by ten renowned ArtCenter alumni and faculty, all sale proceeds will benefit the Artists for ArtCenter Grad Art Scholarship. This endowed departmental scholarship is one of several new programs that form Free Grad Art, a recently announced initiative to enable wider accessibility to a graduate art degree.

“This is the ideal way for us, as artists, to collectively support the next generation of artists,” said Stan Douglas, chair of ArtCenter’s Graduate Art department, who is leading the Free Grad Art initiative with Diana Thater, former chair of ArtCenter’s Graduate Art department and a core faculty member for the last twenty-seven years. “Our vision is to grow this fund and make our program more accessible to more diverse candidates. Ultimately, we want to raise enough money to provide a tuition-free experience for each of the thirty-five artists enrolled in the MFA program,” Douglas continued. 

The Artists for ArtCenter online sale is the realization of a commitment by the Graduate Art faculty and its alumni to generate scholarships and remove the burden of tuition for MFA student artists. Free Grad Art is a key goal of Douglas’s current leadership of the department. In the near future, ArtCenter will announce additional efforts and projects to support this goal.

The Artists for ArtCenter online sale will feature works donated by ArtCenter alumni and faculty members including: 

Aaron Curry

Stan Douglas

Nathan Hylden

Sharon Lockhart

Ivan Morley

Shahryar Nashat

Joshua Nathanson

Laura Owens

Sterling Ruby

Diana Thater

Diana Thater’s Natural History One (2019) was donated by the artist and will be a part of the online benefit presentation. This work is currently on view in the lobby entrance of the 1111 S. Arroyo Parkway building on ArtCenter’s campus in Pasadena. The installation marks the inauguration of ArtCenter Exhibitions’ new 1111 Projects initiative that features a rotating program of important works by the College’s alumni.

About ArtCenter College of Design

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers eleven undergraduate and ten graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves the general public through a highly regarded series of year-round online and on-campus extension programs for all levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ non-governmental organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

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