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July 23, 1958

Mrs. Theresa Parker
Jacques Seligmann Gallery
5 East 57th Street
New York, New York

Dear Mrs. Parker:

As you may be aware, one objective of the Ford Foundation's Program in Humanities and the Arts is to stimulate creativity in the various arts by enhancing opportunities for talented persons at critical stages in their careers. Decisions as to the types of aid offered are made after the Foundation has had the advice of leaders in the separate fields. Final selections of the recipients are made by a panel of artists and critics acting privately as consultants to the Ford Foundation. Candidates for selection are nominated by qualified persons in each field throughout the United States. Direct applications are not entertained.

At this stage in our program, we invite you to nominate not more than, three American painters, sculptors and related artists, e.g., printmakers, (United States citizens) for grants designed to enable them to concentrate upon their creative work. Nominations should be received no later than September 25, 1958, addressed to:

Ford Foundation Program for Artists
The Ford Foundation
19th Floor
477 Madison Avenue 
New York 22, New York

Artists to be eligible for nomination must be thirty-five years of age or older and at a stage in their careers when time in which to concentrate upon their work would conceivably promise the execution of significant artistic creations. Ten artists will be finally selected and offered grants-in-aid of $10,000 each. Recommendations will be made solely upon the criterion of merit in the first instance, but each candidate's need for outside assistance will be considered by the Foundation before an award is made. It is the Foundation's hope to free artists to concentrate upon their work for a period of at least one year. 

We are requesting nominations from a large number of persons in the field of the fine arts. When these have been analyzed, and the nature
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