July 28, 1989 |
It began in April as a controversy few people took seriously over two pieces of art many found in questionable taste. But by Thursday morning, a day after the U.S. Senate approved an unprecedented amendment by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) to bar the National Endowment for the Arts from financing obscene or offensive works, many were calling it a full-blown censorship crisis. Arts observers found themselves questioning the survival, as it is now known, of federal support for cultural institutions.
August 7, 1989 |
The National Council on the Arts has appealed to Congress to scuttle a series of threatened sanctions, saying the political crisis that the agency faces endangers basic concepts of freedom of artistic expression. The resolution was adopted unanimously Saturday, after debate in which the council sometimes appeared uncertain how to defend itself.
August 12, 1992 |
NEA Post: Rosilyn Alter is the new director of the National Endowment for the Arts' Visual Arts Program, replacing Susan Lubowsky, who resigned two months ago to become director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. Alter most recently has been director of Houston's Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation. The NEA's Visual Arts Program has an annual $5-million budget, and receives more than one-quarter of the endowment's 18,000 annual applications for fellowships.
November 1, 1987
The sixth annual "Awards in the Visual Arts" exhibition, at the Newport Harbor Art Museum through Jan. 3., challenges the notion that New York is the only breeding ground for significant U.S. artists. Administered by the Winston-Salem-based Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the program honors 10 artists representing 10 areas of the United States, designated according to the density of the artist population.
June 21, 1989 |
U.S. Rep. Sidney Yates (D-Ill.) said Tuesday he will offer legislation to block federal grants to a North Carolina arts agency that supported a controversial photograph featuring a crucifix immersed in the photographer's urine. Under the Yates amendment to a National Endowment for the Arts funding bill, the NEA would be required to make its grants directly to artists, a change in endowment procedures that would affect 200 of the NEA's 4,500 annual grants with an estimated value of $15 million.
September 16, 1989 |
The National Endowment for the Arts contended Friday that a pending bill that would prohibit support for controversial art would "totally disable" its grant-making apparatus, forcing it to become the federal government's "cultural czar."