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Samuel H. Kress Foundation

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Last Updated: 2016-09-01

At A Glance

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

174 E. 80th St.

New York City, NY United States 10075-0439

Telephone: (212) 861-4993

URL: www.kressfoundation.org

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-06-30)

Assets: $96,638,067

Total giving: $4,194,968

EIN

131624176

BRIDGE Number

4013057255

Background

Incorporated in 1929 in NY - Founded by Samuel H, Claude W. and Rush H. Kress. Samuel H. Kress was the founder of S.H. Kress & Co., a national variety-store chain. He was also one of the nation's outstanding art collectors and donated more than 2,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and other works of art to the National Gallery of Art, ninety-five institutions in cities across the United States, and college and university collections. In 1963, the trustees approved a program which in principle is designed to concentrate the activities of the foundation primarily, though not exclusively, in support of programs relating to fellowships in the field of art history, subvention of scholarly publications in this field, and support of programs designed to increase the national competence in conservation and restoration of works of art. In past years, the foundation had been interested principally in the fields of art, medicine, and general education.

Purpose and Activities

Giving through five main programs: 1) fellowships for pre-doctoral research in art history; 2) advanced training and research in conservation of works of art; 3) development of scholarly resources in the fields of art history and conservation; 4) conservation and restoration of monuments in Europe; and 5) occasional related projects.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Conservation Fellowships

Awards nine $32,000 fellowships for one-year internships in advanced fine arts conservation at a museum or conservation research facility. The award is allocated as follows: $27,000 as a fellowship stipend; and $5,000 toward host institution administrative costs, benefits for the fellow, and other direct costs. Fellowships are restricted to individuals who have completed an M.A. degree in art conservation.

Conservation Grants Program

This program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events. Support for conservation treatments is generally limited to works from the distributed Kress Collection, and is coordinated through the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation at the Conservation Center of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts. See foundation web site for complete guidelines .

Digital Resources

This program supports the creation of important online resources in art history, including both textual and visual resources. Key interests include digitization of core art history photographic archives and primary textual sources. The program further supports efforts to integrate new technologies into the practice of art history, including classroom applications and online publishing.

Grants to Individuals Program

Fellowships by nomination only for predoctoral candidates in art history.

History of Art Grants Program

This program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events. See foundation web site for complete guidelines .

Institutional Fellowships in the History of Art

Awards six $30,000-per-year Institutional Fellowships in the History of European Art for a two-year research appointment in association with one of the following foreign institutes: Florence: Kunsthistorisches Institut/Institute for Art History; Leiden: Kunsthistorisch Instituut der Rijksuniversiteit/Art Historical Institute, Rijksuniversiteit; London: Courtauld Institute of Art, Warburg Institute; Munich: Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte /Central Institute for Art History; Paris: American University in Paris, Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA)/National Institute for the History of Art; Rome: Bibliotheca Hertziana; Nominees must be pre-doctoral candidates in the history of art, who are U.S. citizens or individuals matriculated at an American university.

Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums

A minimum of six $30,000 Kress Interpretive Fellowships for one-year internships for training in interpretation either as an art museum educator or curator, in European art at an American art museum. Application must be made by the museum at which the Fellowship will be based. Fellowship candidate may be identified in advance of application by the host institution or recruited subsequent to receiving the award. Preference is given to applications that will provide the Fellow with an opportunity to work closely with both educators and curators. See web site for complete guidelines .

Fields of Interest

Subjects
  • Art museums
  • Arts and culture
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Museums
  • Visual arts
International Interests
  • Europe
Population Groups
  • Academics

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-06-30

Assets: $96,638,067 (market value)

Expenditures: $6,381,310

Total giving: $4,194,968

Qualifying distributions: $5,245,122

Giving activities include:

$4,194,968 for 241 grants (high: $300,000; low: $50)

$20,296 for foundation-administered programs