From the Museum Collection: Richard Florsheim

September 21, 2012 Through October 28, 2012

Richard Florsheim (1916 – 1979) was a self-educated graphic artist who became a dedicated educator committed to improving conditions under which artists work. His art received worldwide recognition and can be found in many important museums and private collections. As he matured, Florsheim, like many of his colleagues, experienced a rapidly narrowing window of professional opportunity.  He was determined to keep that window open for meritorious older American artists who had remained productive in their work. In his will, Florsheim established a small trust fund to assist meritorious older American artists in the pursuit of their careers in art. The Richard A. Florsheim Art Fund operated from 1989 to 2003 and provided nearly 500 grants for meritorious recognition. Its assets were transferred to the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in 2006.

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