Long-time faculty member at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and celebrated artist Charles Gaines has made a donation to establish a fellowship that will provide critical scholarship support for Black students in the MFA Art program at the Institute. This follows the recent news of philanthropist Eileen Harris Norton’s $5 million gift to CalArts to establish the Charles Gaines Faculty Chair.
Eileen Harris Norton is honoring CalArts faculty member and celebrated artist Charles Gaines with a $5 million gift that will create the ‘Charles Gaines Faculty Chair.’ The gift will also facilitate the further development of Black and other underrepresented faculty members in the School of Art through its support of research, creative activities, and curriculum innovation.
The 60th Edward MacDowell Medal will be presented to American artist Charles Gaines in August 2019 during a public event at The MacDowell Colony’s grounds in New Hampshire. The prestigious medal has been awarded annually since 1960 to artists who have made an outstanding contribution to American culture. Gaines joins a long list of previous MacDowell Medal recipients, which include the significant artists and writers Robert Frost, Georgia O’Keeffe, Willem de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois and Toni Morrison.