Enriching a Regional Cultural Gem:
Frick Art & Historical Center, Inc.
Building on the physical property and housing the extensive art collection of the Frick family, Frick Art & Historical Center, Inc. serves the public by preserving, presenting, and interpreting the fine and decorative arts and historically significant artifacts of the collection. One of the region’s most important cultural institutions, the Frick and its visitors aid in the region’s annual spending in the arts, which exceeds $1.17 billion.
To leverage the momentous membership growth that resulted from Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, the first of three fashion exhibitions, which brought 24,300 visitors and 1,300 new members to the Frick, a $500,000 grant from the Foundation will enable it to be the first American museum to present iconic works from the collection of Paul Mellon. Partnering with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Frick will exhibit 65 paintings and eight sculptures—many of which have not been seen publicly for a generation—that cover more than 150 years of French art.
A second Foundation grant of $100,000 will support the Pittsburgh Airport Authority’s initiative to promote the region’s assets at the airport through exhibits, live performances, and interactive activities. An airport display, building on the success of Killer Heels, highlights the museum’s current and future fashion and fine art exhibition, including Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear; Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper.