Louisville Magazine

SEP 2018

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100 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.18 $354,668 IS FUNDING ARTISTS' TRAVELS b On a warm Saturday afternoon in June, a steady trail of cars stirs dust on the nearly mile-long path of crushed gravel leading to the home of art collector and philanthropist Al Shands. Dozens of artists arrive at the sprawling Crestwood property, which he and his late wife Mary Norton Shands named Great Meadows when they built the home in 1988 to accommodate their growing art collection. As visitors approach the home, parts of the collection — including a large sculpture of rectangular concrete blocks titled Progression, by the famous American artist Sol LeWitt — come into view. Shands' collection includes works by Anish Kapoor, whose Cloud Gate (aka "e Bean") rises in Chicago's Millennium Park, and Maya Lin, whose design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., brought her national recognition through a competition in 1981. In 2014, Architectural Digest described the house as an "art-world landmark." Shands invited these artists, who had received travel grants from his Great Meadows Foundation, so they could get to know one another. rough Great Meadows, regional artists can apply for grants for $500 to $5,000 to travel anywhere in the world to see artwork, meet with other artists and curators, and experience new environments to inspire or shape the way they perceive and create their own work. Since the first round of grants in August 2016, 105 artists have received 130 grants totaling $354,668, and they've traveled throughout the United States and in other countries, including Brazil, Cuba, Finland, Greece, Iceland, South Africa, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017, Great Meadows began providing travel grants to curators too. ese grants, for $500 to $3,000, allow recipients to see how other curators work and consider ways to showcase regional artists. So far, 15 curators have received grants totaling $23,997. Louisville artist Britany Baker traveled to Amsterdam for 12 days to attend a conference on representational art and another on decorative art. Dave Caudill went to a four-day sculptors' conference in Pittsburgh and to Brazil for 10 days to visit the art park and museum called Inhotim. Other artists have travels ahead, including photographers Mitch Eckert, who is traveling to England for nearly 10 days, and Bud Dorsey, who will spend two weeks in Senegal. "I think often artists work and feel isolated and alone; they feel no one really cares and they aren't important," Shands says. "Today, many are making important statements about what it means to be a human being."

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