Donor Spotlight: The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation
This month, it is with great gratitude that UMOCA recognizes the Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, particularly for supporting our Artist-in-Residence (A.I.R.) Program since its inception in 2013.
Founded in 1987 by Richard Keith and Shirley Stranquist Hemingway, the Hemingway Foundation has shown time and time again its dedication to encouraging and inspiring involvement in the arts. They’ve helped us overcome major tech challenges and have made possible our youth and education programs, including free school tours, Family Art Saturday, and more. It doesn’t stop there, though—the Hemingway Foundation is devoted to not only providing arts programming to the community at large, but also to continually making the arts more accessible than ever.
That’s a mission we’ve taken to heart here at UMOCA, and thanks to the Hemingway Foundation’s generous funding, we’ve been able to do just that with the A.I.R. Program. Over the past two and a half years, the program has flourished in its efforts to provide invaluable, career-building resources to Utah-based artists. We’ve been able to offer 19 local artists free studio space within the museum, exclusive workshops and studio tours with nationally renowned artists and art professionals, and additional professional development opportunities. Just recently, we led National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu on a studio tour, and we’ll soon be welcoming Chair of the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University, Mel Ziegler, whose work is currently featured in Grandma’s Cupboard.
Last February, through the Hemingway Foundation’s funding, we created the A-I-R Space, a gallery devoted exclusively to offering our artists-in-residence a museum setting within which to showcase the culmination of their work. Since then, such exhibitions as Kyle Jorgensen’s Parastroke, Aundrea Frahm’s We Revolve Ceaseless, and Shawn Porter’s Into the Ether have been some of our most popular and well-received exhibitions.
As we continue to support and uplift our local artists, we support and uplift the community as a whole. Thanks to donors like the Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, we are able to expand our programming to engage and inspire individuals from all walks of life. Many thanks for your continued support!
Our educational and community programming are made possible with your generous support.