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The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts


Last Updated: 2016-09-04

At A Glance

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

65 Bleecker St., 7th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10012-2420

Telephone: (212) 387-7555


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Entertainment

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-04-30)

Assets: $354,879,302

Total giving: $11,721,980





Additional Contact Information

E-mail for proposals:


Established in 1987 in NY - Founded in the name of the late Andy Warhol, whose will dictated that his entire estate, with the exception of a few modest legacies to family members, should be used to create a foundation dedicated to the "advancement of the visual arts." Warhol was a painter, artist and avant-garde filmmaker who was influential in the "pop art" movement. Some of his most popular works included his paintings of iconic American images such as Campbell's Soup Cans, and celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's purpose is the advancement of the visual arts. The foundation's principal activities are twofold: it awards grants to nonprofit cultural organizations working in the visual arts; and it has responsibility for all aspects of its collection of Andy Warhol's art.

Program Area(s)

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

Curatorial Fellowships

This program aims to encourage curatorial research leading to new scholarship in the field of contemporary art. Grants of up to $50,000 are designed to support travel, archival research, convening of colleagues, interviews and time to write.

Regional Regranting Program

The program aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program allows the foundation to reach the sizable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other projects. The foundation plans to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on-the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is highest.

Fields of Interest

  • Art museums
  • Artist's services
  • Arts and culture
  • Museums
  • Visual arts
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People of African descent

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-04-30

Assets: $354,879,302 (market value)

Expenditures: $19,160,625

Total giving: $11,721,980

Qualifying distributions: $14,763,364

Giving activities include:

$11,721,980 for 152 grants (high: $1,689,211; low: $8,900)