History and Mission Statement

The Lenore G. Tawney Foundation was established in 1989 by pioneer fiber artist Lenore Tawney (1907-2007) for charitable and educational purposes. She endowed the Foundation with her life’s resources, artistic and financial. Consistent with the artist’s philanthropic interests, the Foundation supports the visual arts with a focus on craft media, including fiber art. Its broad aim is to increase public access to and knowledge about the visual arts and to assist learning opportunities for emerging artists.

The Foundation realizes its goals by conducting programs to:

  • Make its art collection and archive available as resources for exhibitions, educational instruction, symposia, and scholarly study.
  • Place select examples of the artist’s work in museum collections and educational holdings.
  • Fund programs that award scholarships and fellowships for professional art education.
  • Support visual arts exhibitions, publications, and special projects.

These activities and grants focus primarily on art museums and professional art education organizations.


The Foundation makes grants on an invitational basis to organizations exempt under IRS Code 501(c)(3). It does not make grants to individuals.