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Sheboygan’s JMKAC Wins $1 Million Lenore G. Tawney Foundation Grant

SHEBYOGAN — The John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts in Sheboygan has received a million dollar grant from the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation.

The center made the announcement in a press release on Thursday and said the grant money will be used to establish an endowment funding a fellowship dedicated to the study of the Lenore Tawney collection at JMKAC and the development of projects based on this study.

The endowment will support the new Lenore G. Tawney Fellowship, which will be awarded annually to an academic, writer, curator, or artist to pursue projects that use the Arts Center’s Tawney Collection as a basis or inspiration for their work. . The scholarships will be open to people of all nationalities, at all levels of education and from all disciplines, the press release said.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Tawney Foundation, the Arts Center will be able to bring new voices and diverse perspectives to the collection and the continued relevance of Tawney’s life’s work,” said the director of the John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts, Amy Horst, in the release. “We are grateful for the foundation’s gift and excited about the opportunities it will provide for new research and new works of art.

In addition to the endowment grant, the foundation provides the Arts Center with an operating grant of $50,000 to operate the fellowship in its first year.

The first fellow will be announced in early 2023, with the fellowship commencing in the summer of 2023.

“The foundation is delighted to partner with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center to establish this scholarship and looks forward to the Arts Center’s Art Preserve’s Lenore Tawney Collection as the foundation for exciting new research,” said Kathleen Nugent, director of the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation. Mangan.

Lenore Tawney in her Chicago studio, 1957.

In 2019, the Arts Center presented “Mirror of the Universe”, a critically acclaimed series of four exhibitions curated by Karen Patterson that explored the life of Lenore Tawney and the impact of her work, in collaboration with the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation and the Smithsonian Archives. of American art. The accompanying publication, titled “Lenore Tawney: Mirror of the Universe”, has been recognized by the Art Libraries Society of North America for excellence in art publishing.

Since 1984, when the Arts Center first acquired works from the arts community created by self-taught artist Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, it has centered its exhibitions, research and programs on the belief that works of Meaningful, original, and compelling art is being created everywhere, by people from a wide range of life experiences.

The Arts Center said in the press release that “Lenore Tawney’s (1907-2007) innovative interpretations of traditional fiber practices were instrumental in shifting the perception of weaving from a utilitarian craft to the art of fiber as we know it today.

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“Tawney’s unorthodox sculptural works pushed the weave beyond the expected flat rectangular format, moving the art from the fiber of the wall to a three-dimensional space,” the Arts Center added. “Tawney’s interdisciplinary work also extends to drawing, collage and assemblage.”

The John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts worked closely with the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation to acquire hundreds of key components of the artist’s latest studio environment, with assistance from The Kohler Foundation, Inc., in 2019 The 486-piece collection includes works of art, collages, assemblages, furniture and supplies.

An installation of Tawney’s studio environment is on display at the Art Preserve at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, which opened in 2021 and offers the public and scholars year-round access to an unparalleled collection of artistic environments which now includes works by more than 30 artists.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center is at 608 New York Ave. and the Art Preserve is at 3636 Lower Falls Road. Both locations are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 10am-8pm Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit or call the Arts Center at 920-458-6144 or the Art Preserve at 920-453-0346.

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