Art Gallery Wins National Grant

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Date: 12-09-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
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Kelly Lindner, Director
University Art Gallery
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Award Will Support 2017 Exhibit on Photographer Weegee

The University Art Gallery (UAG) at California State University, Chico has received a $15,000 Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The award will support the development of a 2017 exhibit highlighting the work of famed news photographer Arthur Fellig, who used the pseudonym Weegee. 

Weegee photoThe NEA is a federal agency that provides communities with opportunities for participation in the arts. NEA’s Art Works category supports art creation and presentation, lifelong learning in the arts and public engagement with the arts.

The exhibit “Two Truths and A Lie” will feature the work of Weegee, best known for his stark New York street photography during the 1930s and ’40s. His work will be compared with that of contemporary artists Zoe Crosher and Jessamyn Lovell, who blend fiction and truth in creating "documentary" images.

The exhibit, slated for fall 2017, is co-curated by UAG director Kelly Lindner and retired UAG curator Jason Tannen. Additional programming during the exhibition will include a lecture series and artist talks.

Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) dean Bob Knight, whose college is home to the UAG, said the project is in line with HFA’s mission to celebrate and support creativity and provide students with paths toward developing outlets for their creative impulses.

“Many, many thanks go to the National Endowment for the Arts for providing this significant grant in support of this innovative exhibition that will have a positive impact on both the campus and community,” Knight said.

NEA chairman Jane Chu also lauded the UAG exhibit and said that the arts are a powerful tool that can shape individuals and communities.

“Supporting projects like the one from the University Art Gallery at CSU, Chico offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day,” Chu said.

Located in Trinity Hall 100, the UAG exhibits exemplary work by artists living today and presents artwork of varying media, content and subject. The gallery hosts three to five exhibitions each year, along with the annual juried student exhibition and the MFA culminating exhibitions. Learn more about the gallery and its exhibitions at www.csuchico.edu/art/galleries/univgallery.html

Over the last 50 years, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, and is the only arts funder in the nation to do so. Learn more about the NEA at https://www.arts.org.

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Photo: The University Art Gallery hopes to include Weegee's 1943 "The Critic" in its 2017 exhibit "Two Truths and a Lie." (Image courtesy of the International Center for Photography)