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The Katherine French Fund for Curatorial Excellence

Katherine French

Katherine French, Danforth Art Director Emerita

It is with great pleasure that that we announce the establishment of a fund in honor of Danforth Art Director Emerita Katherine French. We invite you to join us in enhancing Danforth Art’s commitment to curation and exhibition with a gift to the Katherine French Fund for Curatorial Excellence. This fund will support curatorial expenses, collections storage, exhibitions, and other applicable expenses.

During her ten-year tenure as Executive Director French was known for her curatorial skills and organized numerous exhibitions exploring Boston Expressionism. These include: David Aronson: The Paradox; Jason Berger: Directed Vision; Hyman Bloom: A Spiritual Embrace; Jack Levine: Political Discourse; Reed Kay: Mark of Truth. Arthur Polonsky: Thief of Light; and John Wilson: Eternal Presence. Other notable shows include: Gerry Bergstein: Effort at Speech; Porfirio DiDonna: A Painter’s Journey; Jon Imber: Carry On; George Nick: Spirit of Place; Maria Pacheco: Dark Night of the Soul; and John Walker: Passing Bells. In 2007, French received an award for curatorial excellence from the New England Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics for Joan Snyder, A Painting Survey, 1969–2005. In 2010, she was named Best Curator of Locally Made Art at the Boston Art Awards.

Critically acclaimed exhibitions also allowed French to expand the Museum’s permanent collection. Noteworthy acquisitions include works by first-generation Boston Expressionists David Aronson, Jason Berger, Hyman Bloom, Reed Kay, Jack Levine, Arthur Polonsky, and John Wilson.  These were followed by second- and third- generation Boston Expressionist painters Gerry Bergstein, Jon Imber, and Henry Swartz.  The Museum has recently acquired significant paintings by Pioneer Valley Magic Realists Randy Diehl, Gregory Gillespie, Jane Lund, and Scott Prior as well as works by important contemporary artists Robert Ferrandini, George Nick, Joan Snyder, John Walker, and Richard Yarde.

Your contribution to the Katherine French Fund for Curatorial Excellence helps ensure the museum’s future ability to excel in our stewardship of our Permanent Collection, and in our ongoing exhibition of established and emerging artists.

More specific details about the fund will be provided as they are available.

To make a donation today, contact the Development Office, at 508-620-0050 ext. 10 or development@danforthart.org.

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