NEA Grant


Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture has received one of 832 Art Works grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). 

“We are delighted to have received this recognition from the NEA,” said Dr. Susan Weber, BGC Founder and Director. “The NEA continues to confirm the depth and quality or our exhibition programs and the overall strength of our institution.”

The $20,000 grant will support the BGC’s presentation of Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art , a remarkable but little-known collection of medieval and 18th-century French objects that was the foundation of The Met’s decorative arts collection. The exhibition will open on April 4, 2013.

“I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the Bard Graduate Center," said NEA Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences and exemplary education programs.”

The NEA grants for Art Works total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art on view April 4 – August 11, 2013 at the Bard Graduate Center, 18 West 86th Street, NY, NY 10024

The Bard Graduate Center, located in New York City, is a graduate institution of Bard College, a liberal arts school with a distinguished reputation for innovation in the arts and sciences. Since its establishment in 1993, the BGC has aimed to become the leading graduate center for the study of the cultural history of the material world. The BGC is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Students enrolled in the MA and PhD programs work closely with a distinguished faculty of active scholars in exploring the interrelationships between works of art and craft, design, places, ideas, and social and cultural practice in courses ranging from antiquity to the twenty-first century.

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