2a. Mission Statement:
Actual Art Foundation represents an extraordinary group of artists who are revolutionizing the way we think about art. Actual Artists do not finish works of art; they only start them. The works leave the artists’ hands and go out into the world to be “finished” by weather, dust, oxidation, temperature, humidity, human and/or animal interaction or simply time, as the inner structure of the materials change or interact with each other. At some point, during that evolution, the materials become a work of art…on their own…without the artist’s intervention. This self-conscious enlistment of nature towards the completion of a work of art has a profoundly strong influence on the nature of art. Actual Art changes and evolves in positive ways never before considered by such a large group of artists.
As quoted from the founder of the movement, Tery Fugate-Wilcox, when asked how long his work would last:"It lasts forever, as long as you understand it changes."
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2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.:
ACTUAL ART FOUNDATION (a 501c-3 tax exempt organization), was founded in 1983 by VALERIE MONROE SHAKESPEARE and TERY FUGATE-WILCOX. Actual Art has always been the focus of the foundation, whose artists create natural art incorporating the effects of time. That is, they tend to use materials in their natural state, allowing the started works to be influenced, if not actually formed by the effects of the forces of nature on the materials of the art at some time in the future.Actual Actual Art Foundation is also raising funds to sponsor the San Andreas Fault Sculpture Project, a one-acre, 20-foot-thick, solid block of conrete spanning the San Andreas Fault near Palm Springs. As the fault continues to move, it will literally rip the gigantic block in two,creating 2 "golden rectangles" which will continue to move past each other, offering a positive, visual manifestation of the immense power of the Earth’s plate tectonics.
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2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.:
Art Foundation has sponsored art projects throughout the New York City for many years, including numerous public forums and panel discussions and has mounted major exhibitions of Actual Art in Princeton & Newark, NJ; Hartford & New Fairfield, CT; Regensburg Germany; and the New York City Museum, as well as many gallery exhibitions.
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