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Friends of Fiber Art International has awarded seven grants this year totaling $11,000 to projects that the organization feels further their mission of educating art-appreciators about collecting contemporary fiber art. Five of the grants have gone to exhibitions, all of which will offer a print catalog. They include Fiberart International 2007, Quilt Visions 2006, Twist & Shout: The New Needle Arts, Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, and American Tapestry Biennial 6. The two remaining grants were awarded to publications. The first is 20th Century American Studio Craft, which is being sponsored by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design and written by Bruce Metcalf and Janet Koplos; the second, The Millennium Fund, a Friends of Fiber Art project to document private collections of fiber art, received the small balance of the available money. Friends of Fiber Art International offers grants every year, and the application deadline is always July 1. For information and applications, contact Friends of Fiber Art, PO Box 468, Western Springs, IL 60558. (708) 246-9466; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coby Foundation, Ltd., in its second year, has awarded ten grants totaling $254,000. The foundation focuses solely on funding projects in textiles and needle arts. Its funding is limited to nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic and New England.
The year’s largest grants went to the Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project (MassQuilts), which is planning a book, scheduled to be published in 2009; The Newark Museum for the upcoming exhibit Power Dressing: Men’s Fashion and Prestige in Africa; and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, which is sponsoring the symposium Museum Quality: Collecting and Exhibiting Fashion and Textiles, to be held February 17–18 (this grant allows free admission to students from the New York metropolitan area).
Other organizations receiving exhibition funds include the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, for a show of small-scale vessels by Cyrilla Mozenter, on view through March 12; the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., for Harpies, Mermaids, and Tulips: Embroidery of the Greek Islands and Epirus Region, on view March 17–September 3; and The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture in New York City, for Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States, 1931–1945, on view until February 5 and also the subject of a feature article in our January/February 2006 issue. Additional grants went to the Historic House Trust for the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, the New School University Library, Friends of Materials for the Arts, and the Rubin Museum of Art, all in New York City. The Coby Foundation accepts unsolicited proposals and inquiries. Projects may be in arts or humanities, contemporary or historical, but must have a public benefit and combine excellent scholarship and effective interpretation. For more information, contact the director, Ward L. E. Mintz, The Coby Foundation, Ltd., 511 Avenue of the Americas, #387, New York, NY 10011.
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