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April 5, 2018

Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania Receives $4.5 Million for Curatorial Positions

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA—The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvaniahas received two gifts totaling $4.5 million to endow key curatorial positions. Daniel and Brett Sundheim donated $3 million to the institute’s endowment, of which $2.5 million will support a chief curator position, currently held by Anthony Elms, and $500,000 will fund outreach and community engagement. Andrea B. Laporte contributed $1.5 million to support the ICA’s associate curator position, currently held by Kate Kraczon. In addition to previous donations and positions on the ICA’s board, the Sundheims and Laporte are both connected to the University of Pennsylvania, as alumni and trustee, respectively.

“We’re incredibly grateful to University of Pennsylvania alumni Daniel and Brett Sundheim and to Andie Laporte for their visionary gifts, which enable ICA to remain at the forefront of contemporary art by securing long-term support for our curators and their ongoing work,” said ICA director Amy Sadao. “As our board chair, Andie has played an invaluable role in the continued growth of ICA and the university, including helping to endow ICA’s program curator position in 2012. We’re so proud to honor her at our annual benefit this spring. The Sundheims are true advocates for contemporary art and we’re very excited that apart of their transformative gift will go towards the creation of a fund aimed at connecting wider audiences with our dynamic exhibitions program.”

At the ICA, Elms is responsible for forthcoming exhibitions of the work of Cauleen Smith and Tony Conrad; Kraczon is curator of this spring’s Suki Seokyeong Kang exhibition and the first major retrospective of post-minimalist and feminist artist Ree Morton, opening in September. In March, ICA Philadelphia became the first museum in the United States to become W.A.G.E. certified.

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