This week, my alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, officially announced a $1 million donation that I made to the Institute of Contemporary Art, and that I have been appointed to the ICA’s Board of Overseers.
The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is a non-collecting institution presenting exhibitions at the forefront of contemporary practice and culture. Throughout its history ICA has been instrumental in identifying and developing many promising artists before they attained prominence within the international art world, including household names like Andy Warhol, whose first museum show of works was displayed at ICA in 1965.
The money will be used to endow the Marc J. Leder Director of Curatorial Affairs at ICA, a position currently held by Robert Chaney, who joined the institute in 2001. The Director of Curatorial Affairs is responsible for managing a curatorial department of ten, and serves as a liaison between curatorial and other ICA departments.
I have always had a great passion for the arts in my personal life, and I am proud this donation will further the mission of this institution, helping to bring its work to a larger audience. I am also very excited to be taking an active role on the ICA’s Board and to contribute to its legacy of supporting young artists.
For more information on the Institute of Contemporary Art, please visit their website: www.ICAPhila.org