“The Foundation’s mission is an affirmation of the centrality of the artist in the world of art and the importance of finding ways to support their development.”
– Edward Levine (1935 – 2020)
Ed Levine, South Royalton, Vermont, August 10, 2012
In 2006, Ed Levine established the Harpo Foundation as an artist-endowed non-profit to support visual artists who are under-recognized by the field. The foundation was and will continue to be Ed’s way to give ‘gifts of assistance’ to the field of art to reciprocate the generosity he received during his lifetime.
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1935, Ed’s career as an artist, educator and benefactor spanned many decades. As an artist, he explored the relationships among sculpture, landscape, photography and architecture with numerous temporary installations, exhibitions and permanent public commissions. His most significant project began in 1991 in South Royalton, Vermont and is called ‘Vermont Village and Vermont Settlement.’ This project, situated on 10 acres in rural Vermont, comprises over 50 site-specific works in the landscape. Many works employ water; others incorporate photography, video and/or sound.
As an educator, Ed instituted visual art programs that extended the studio and classroom to include public space at MIT, Cambridge, MA (1989-2002); Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1981-87), School of Art at East Carolina University (1982-89); Wright State University on Dayton, Ohio (1972-78).
Ed Levine received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council, among others and was an active contributor to the field, as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts and various state and local arts organizations, as well as academic institutions, conferences and forums.
Harpo Foundation maintains Ed Levine’s website at http://www.edlevineartist.com.
Vermont Village and Vermont Settlement
Tours of Ed Levine’s site-specific ‘Vermont Village and Vermont Settlement’ installations on his former property in South Royalton, Vermont will be offered to encourage a new conversation between the artist and the landscape. Plans for this public program will be announced in 2022.