Stamford art space earns prestigious Warhol grant


A Stamford gallery is getting a boost in funding — and prestige — after securing a grant from Andy Warhol’s art foundation.

Franklin Street Works, an experimental art space in Downtown Stamford, was awarded a two-year, $40,000 endowment from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, one of the country’s leading contributors of private funding to the arts.

“We are excited to receive this nationally competitive grant, a strong vote of confidence for this young organization’s programs and thematic, group exhibitions, which have involved more than 100 contemporary artists and cultural producers from virtually every discipline in little more than a year,” Franklin Street Works said in a statement.

Last year, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced that it would unload its entire collection of Warhol works, donating some and selling others (about $100 million worth) through Christie’s auction house to expand its grant-making capacity. The foundation has awarded nearly $250 million in grants to hundreds of museums and other nonprofit organizations over the last 25 years.

Franklin Street Works, a nonprofit art gallery located at 41 Franklin Street, hast featured a number of c0nceptual art exhibitions, experimental music nights, site-specific performance art projects and community gathering since it opened in September 2011. Its latest exhibition, “Your Content Will Return Shortly,” is on view now through March 24.

Scott Gargan