A $75,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the largest award received in the history of the University Galleries.

Three new exhibitions will be held this fall and next spring as a result of the support. The highly competitive grants are given to museums and cultural organizations that support artists and their work.

The foundation funds work challenging and experimental in nature, and encourages new scholarship in contemporary art.

“The gallery’s recognition by one of the most prestigious arts funding organizations in the United States opens the door to many exciting possibilities,” said Barry Blinderman, director of University Galleries.

“This funding will enhance our community outreach efforts, and help provide a great introduction to contemporary art for people in the community. We strive to organize exhibitions of a scale and quality that you normally can’t see without traveling to urban museums and galleries,” he said.

The projects funded by this grant include a one-person exhibition of Melanie Schiff’s photographs; a site-specific installation by Kendell Carter; and a group exhibition entitled The House of the Seven Gables, inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel. All three are organized by Kendra Paitz, curator of exhibitions.

More information is available at FineArts.IllinoisState.edu/galleries.