Bard Launches Fellowship With $400K Haring Foundation Gift


Bard College‘s Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS) and Human Rights Project (HRP) have established the new Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism thanks to a $400,000 grant, to be paid out over five years, from the Keith Haring Foundation. Each year, the cross-disciplinary fellowship program will allow one scholar, artist, or activist to do research and teach in Bard’s CCS and HRP programs.

“This joint program expands our commitment to investigating the political dimensions of artistic practice and how art can be a productive force for social change,” Paul O’Neill, the director of CCS Bard’s graduate program, said in a statement.

The fellowship recipients will all be called upon to lecture on and investigate the capacity of art to not only reflect but also precipitate social change, a relationship that the late Keith Haring understood especially well. Each fellow will deliver an annual talk, the Keith Haring Lecture in Art and Activism, which will also be published.

The director of the HRP at Bard, Thomas Keenan, said that the Haring Fellowship presents “an innovative platform to explore a question basic to Keith Haring’s legacy: how can art and artists play a real role in creating a more just society?”

“We are honored to establish this dynamic fellowship at Bard College in Keith Haring’s name,” Haring Foundation executive director Julia Gruen said in a statement. “The artist as activist was a role integral to Haring’s own vision, identity and practice, and we are confident that a fellowship dedicated to this approach can produce illuminating opportunities for discourse and scholarship.”

— Benjamin Sutton (@bhsutton)

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