PAMM ex­ceeds $200K fundrais­ing goal to ac­quire con­tem­po­rary black art

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port Cour­tesy of Perez Art Mu­seum Mi­ami

MI­AMI – On Mon­day, Pérez Art Mu­seum Mi­ami (PAMM) an­nounced that it ex­ceeded its $200,000 fundrais­ing goal to match a chal­lenge grant for the PAMM Fund for African Amer­i­can Art, a fund ini­ti­ated for the pur­chase of con­tem­po­rary art by African Amer­i­can artists for the mu­seum’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion.

Gifts by 160 sup­port­ers helped PAMM ex­ceed its goal by more than $7,000. The fund also gained 62 new Am­bas­sador mem­bers, who will con­tinue to help shape the in­sti­tu­tion’s col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary art by African Amer­i­can artists and sup­port the fund’s in­clu­sive na­ture.

“We could not have sur­passed the match with­out the help of our com­mu­nity,” said PAMM Di­rec­tor Franklin Sir­mans.“From a dol­lar to six-fig­ure gifts, ev­ery gift will make a dif­fer­ence in con­tin­u­ing to en­sure that our col­lec­tion is re­flec­tive of our di­verse com­mu­nity.”

The fundrais­ing cam­paign was ini­ti­ated in Fe­bru­ary at PAMM’s Fourth An­nual Re­cep­tion for the Fund for African Amer­i­can Art, where Al­berto Ibargüen,pres­i­dent and CEO of the John S.and James L. Knight Foundation, an­nounced the $200,000 chal­lenge grant.

That evening, fund am­bas­sador mem­ber and trustee Dorothy A. Ter­rell spear­headed ef­forts by gen­er­ously do­nat­ing $100,000 to­wards the match, en­cour­ag­ing more sup­port­ers to come for­ward to sup­port PAMM’s ac­qui­si­tion of world-class works by African Amer­i­can artists for gen­er­a­tions to come. “Great art not only in­spires,it con­nects us to each other and this vi­brant city we call home,” said Al­berto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation pres­i­dent. “We’re de­lighted that the com­mu­nity stepped up to the chal­lenge to join us in build­ing an im­por­tant col­lec­tion of work by African Amer­i­can artists.”

Through the com­ple­tion of this match,the fund will be en­dowed in per­pe­tu­ity,of­fer­ing the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a col­lec­tion of the high­est artis­tic stan­dard that re­flects PAMM’s com­mu­nity, as well as a more in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment for be­ing chal­lenged by, and de­light­ing in, art.

The PAMM Fund for African Amer­i­can Art was es­tab­lished in 2013 with a $1 mil­lion do­na­tion, funded equally by Jorge M. Pérez and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,for the pur­chase of con­tem­po­rary art by African Amer­i­can artists for the mu­seum’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion.

Through the Fund,the mu­seum first ac­quired­works­byAlLov­ing,FaithRing­gold and Xaviera Sim­mons. These works joined other sig­nif­i­cant PAMM col­lec­tion ob­jects by artists such as Leonardo Drew,Sam Gil­liam,Rashid John­son, Lorna Simp­son, James Van Der Zee, Car­rie Mae Weems, Ke­hin­deWi­ley and PurvisYoung.

At the last An­nual Re­cep­tion for the PAMM Fund for African Amer­i­can Art,the mu­seum ac­quired works by Kevin Beasley, Mar­tine Syms, Juana Valdes, Theaster Gates and Sam Gil­liam.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the PAMM Fund for African Amer­i­can Art, or to join the PAMM Am­bas­sadors for African Amer­i­can Art, visit pamm.org/art­fund.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF PAMM.ORG

Olu­jimi Dance The­ater per­form in the lobby of PAMM dur­ing the Fourth An­nual Re­cep­tion for the Fund for African Amer­i­can Art.

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