TITLE: Chairman and CEO
FUNDING AREAS: Painters, sculptors, print makers, and artists who work on paper
CONTACT: email@example.com, 212-517-5400
IP TAKE: Bergman is a man of many talents, and his background lends itself well to his multiple consulting roles in philanthropy and beyond.
PROFILE: Charles C. Bergman is a man who wears many hats. Most notable of these is his very active role as Chairman and CEO of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, an organization he was instrumental in founding. He also holds a chairmanship at the New York Foundation for the Arts as part of their Leadership Council and sits on the National Council at the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University. He's been a member of New York City's
Lee Krasner, the artist and widow of Jackson Pollock, to set up a foundation that would provide for "worthy and needy artists" in accordance with the wishes set forth in her will. Bergman went on to create The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and acted as its first Chief Operating Officer and Executive VP and set up the template for the foundation's grant system. He, along with an anonymous committee, is very active in the foundation's current grant-making. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation is geared to specifically fund painters, sculptors, graphic, mixed media, and installation artists for everything from studio rentals and artists' supplies, to healthcare needs and money to single parent artists for child care.
But The Pollock-Krasner Foundation is only the tip of the iceberg for an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has partners nationwide.
Bergman has also sat on boards and committees at New York's National Council of the Glimmerglass Opera. He's also former Vice President of the Inter-American Foundation for the Arts, an international nonprofit based in New York that is purportedly the first private cultural exchange program between the United States and Latin America.Sculpture Committee of the Park Avenue Malls Planting Project, and the
Through it all Bergman has always retained his position at The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, playing a very hands-on role in the distribution of over $54 million in grants in the years since 1985. The gifts have gone to over 3,500 artists in 72 different countries across the globe.
Quoted in an interview with Drew Steis in Making a Living As an Artist, Bergman says of the Pollock-Krasner grants, "The delicate balance of artistic merit and financial need is our dual criteria for making these grants. And it is a tough call... You don't have to be in some dire catastrophic illness to get a grant from us. Our grants are very much for artists and for the normal slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, as I like to say."
He's also very proud of the support the foundation gives for artists in medical need. "We are very concerned about the medical, dental, psychological, and surgical needs of an artist... When illness, particularly catastrophic illness such as AIDS, hits an artist it can be devastating. We are the only private foundation that I know of in the country that is actually giving grants directly to individuals with AIDS, providing, of course, that they meet the artistic merit criteria."
Bergman has also acted as advisor in the private world to the "ethical investment group"