The James Irvine Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Richard G. Hirsch, president of the museum's board of trustees, said the money will be used to hire a full-time development officer for the next two years to write grants and raise money for the museum.
The museum, at 2437 Main St., incorporated in 1985 as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization to showcase lesser-known artists. It was formally dedicated last September. Its current exhibit, "Lita Albuquerque: Reflections," runs through April 1.