Philanthropist Al Shands creates new arts grant

The Great Meadows Foundation grants will support visual artists in amounts from $500 to $5,000. They’re named for the home Al Shands and and his late wife Mary Norton Shands built in Crestwood; it includes a museum for their extensive collection of contemporary sculpture and art, according to WFPL.

Al ShandsThe couple developed their interest in collecting after Mary was asked to lead the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, now the KMAC museum, in the late 1980s, WFPL says. Shands, 87, is a longstanding Speed Art Museum trustee, and a member of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum advisory board in Venice.

An heiress to a broadcasting fortune, Mary died in 2009. The Shands’ collection is to be bequeathed to the Speed museum upon his death. It includes work by notable artists such as Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Jim Dine and Maya Lin. In a video last year, Shands spoke to The Courier-Journal about the collection.

Photo, left: Shands beside a LeWitt sculpture at Great Meadows; Hyperallergic.

Related: a book examines their art-filled estate.

You may post a comment anonymously simply by leaving all the fields blank. But please: no personal attacks.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s