Second Street Gallery receives major grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Second Street Gallery is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a two-year, $70,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The grant will be used to support the gallery’s ongoing programming of contemporary art for its 43rd and 44th exhibition seasons through 2018. Over the past 14 years SSG has received support for the foundation several times.

Executive Director Warren Craghead notes, “We are honored to be again recognized by the Andy Warhol Foundation through their support of our programming. We are grateful for their acknowledgement of the strength of our continuing exhibitions of contemporary art from around the world, and our outreach projects bringing meaningful artist and community connections.”



Founded in 1973, Second Street Gallery is one of the oldest nonprofit (501(c)3) contemporary artspaces in the country. Established by a group of ten artists, SSG is committed to offering Charlottesville and the central Virginia region leading-edge new art in perspective and context, and to fostering an active and open appreciation of this art by directly engaging the issues surrounding works by the best contemporary artists in the field.

For 43 years, SSG’s primary mission is to enliven Virginia through access to the best in contemporary art and artists and to inspire new ways of thinking, seeing, and doing. To this end, SSG promotes contemporary artists through the presentation of their work in a professional gallery and encourages an appreciation of contemporary art and culture by educating the public through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, classes, tours, and publications.

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The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ grantmaking activity is focused on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made for scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists.

Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists’ organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other organizational activities directly related to these areas. The program also supports the creation of new work through regranting initiatives and artist-in-residence programs.