Charles C. Bergman, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

TITLE: Chairman and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Painters, sculptors, print makers, and artists who work on paper 

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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 Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and Harvard's Art Museum's Overseers Committee. And that's still only a fraction of his involvement. Where does he find the time?

In 1985 Bergman was asked by the estate of 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 Bergman. He has a long history of involvement in both the arts world and the philanthropy world in many different capacities. Bergman served on the New York State Council on the Arts under George Pataki and is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Miami's National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, now known as the National YoungArts Foundation. He also has a history of involvement with Very Special Arts in Washington, D.C., an international network of organizations involved in arts programs for people with disabilities. The VSA is 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 Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, an adjunct to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Sculpture Committee of the Park Avenue Malls Planting Project, and the 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.

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" Foursome Investments, now known as Frog Capital. The thread that connects most all of Bergman's endeavors is his love of art and his soft spot for those in need, two of the best qualities for someone in his line of work.

Felicity Hogan, New York Foundation for the Arts

TITLE: Director of NYFA Learning 

FUNDING AREAS: Professional development for artistis

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PROFILE: Felicity Hogan serves as the Director of NYFA Learning at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her LinkedIn bio shares:

Born in the United Kingdom, Felicity Hogan was originally trained as an artist. Since residing in the United States she has expanded her skills to arts administration and curating with over 15 years experience in commercial, alternative and non-profit spaces. 

Currently, Ms Hogan is Director of NYFA Learning at New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) providing professional development opportunities for artists and arts administrators through programs such as NYFA’s Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp focusing on the business side of the creative practice for artists and Doctor's Hours providing one-on-one consultations for artists. Felicity coordinates NYFA’s Emerging Leaders Boot Camp program that has provided leadership skills to 50 NYC Metropolitan arts administrators since 2013. 

Additionally, she also manages the Immigrant Artist Program (IAP) that serves immigrant artists through the monthly Con Edison Immigrant Artist Newsletter, IAP Resource Directory, and direct support through IAP’s Mentoring Program that pairs immigrant artists with artist mentors. Through her work with immigrant artists she was selected to participate in Coro NY's Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP) in 2015. 

In September 2011, Ms. Hogan was selected and participated in NAMAC’s Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations. Ms. Hogan served as Executive Director of Artists Alliance, Inc., a non-profit organization whose programs include a residency program and exhibition space, Cuchifritos located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. (2008-11). She is also a member of the Curatorial Advisory Board at EFA Project Space where she participated in the inaugural Studio Residency for New York City Arts Workers in 2010. Felicity is committed to the arts community through numerous activities at institutions in New York and nationwide, including her presence on advisory boards, selection panels, lectures, workshops, and visiting guest critic.