ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Auction houses promote, catalog and sell art. Rarely do they provide financial assistance to art museums. That’s usually left to foundations, individuals and major corporations. Robert Brunk of Brunk Auctions, Asheville, recently rearranged that division of support.
This year Brunk Auctions awarded $30,000 in grants to 24 Southern museums.
“Our goal,” said Robert Brunk, “is to promote scholarship and exhibitions in Southern and other fine and decorative arts.”
Brunk Auctions selected regional art museums in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and North and South Carolina and made unsolicited donations of $500 to $5,000.
Nine of the museums were in North Carolina. Asheville Museum of Art received a Brunk grant for Kathryn Stripling Byer’s poetry reading on March 30. Byer, North Carolina’s Poet Laureate, is appearing in conjunction with the current exhibition, Nace Brock: Painter Poet and Photographer. Other Brunk-supported lectures include an all day symposium of Dutch and Flemish paintings in America Feb. 16 at North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, and a Feb. 10 lecture on African art by Kristina Van Dyke, Ph.D., Houston, Texas, at Wilmington’s Cameron Art Museum.
Brunk Auctions was also the sole sponsor of a series of one-day seminars on Piedmont North Carolina long rifles, furniture and earthenware at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winston-Salem.
Three pottery collections received funding: Charlotte’s Mint Museum for its Annual Potters Market International, Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Raleigh, for a new catalogue of Jugtown Pottery and the North Carolina Pottery Center at Seagrove for its annual fund.
Six South Carolina museums received grants.
“We were so delighted to be contacted by Brunk Auctions,” said Pat Goodwin, executive director of Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach. “It was just one of those genuine surprises.”
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