Martin Z. Margulies Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Martin Z. Margulies Foundation focuses on presenting exhibitions and educational programs related to the visual arts.

IP TAKE: The foundation is a grantmaker, but also funds a nonprofit arts institution in the Miami-area.

PROFILE: Established in 1981, the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation was founded by Miami-area real estate mogul Martin Margulies, a residential real estate developer with three decades of luxury condominium experience. He has been named ARTnews 200 The World’s Top Collectors every year since 1990. The Martin Z. Margulies Foundation focuses on presenting exhibitions and educational programs related to the visual arts.

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is a non-profit institution located in a 45,000 square foot retro-fitted warehouse in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami. It focuses seminal works by important artists in the realm of European Modernism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptual, Arte Povera, video, vintage and contemporary photography, and installation art. The Warehouse hosts exhibitions and educational programs and offers tours throughout the October to April season. Tours are geared towards students studying the arts. The Warehouse is operated and funded by the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation, which works for the study and enjoyment of the visual arts. The long time curator of the collection is Katherine Hinds. Major gifts include Kenhinde Wiley’s Saint John the Baptist, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Anthony Caro’s Double Variation at Cornell University. The Margulies Collection is also a direct supporter of the Lotus House Women's Shelter.

Grants range from $250 to $250,000. In a recent year, the foundation gave away around $332,00 and spent around $1.2 million. Past grantees include University of Florida Levin College of Law, Temple Israel of Greater Miami, and Sundari Foundation, whose “ mission is to improve the lives of homeless women, youth and children by providing sanctuary, support, education, tools and resources that empower them to improve the quality of their lives on every level, achieve greater self sufficiency, and build safe, secure lives.”

The foundation keeps a low profile and does not detail its grantmaking process.


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Martin Z. Margulies Foundation
445 Grand Bay Drive
Key Biscayne, Fl 33149
(305) 365-3885