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THE FORD FOUNDATION
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of the initial screening determined, selected nominees will then be asked to ship examples of their work (no more than five) to one of twelve regional museums or other centers which have agreed to participate in the Foundation's program. At each such center, regional jurors appointed as consultants to the Foundation, joined by representatives of a small national jury, will view the work and recommend artists for final consideration in a national selection. The artist will ship to and from the regional center at his own expense, but any work shipped to the national selection center will be shipped at the expense of the Ford Foundation. 

When the winners have been finally selected, approximately by December 31, 1958, they will receive direct grants-in-aid of $10,000 each which can be accepted at any time prior to, but not later than, September 1, 1959. As a condition of receiving the grant, each artist guarantees to present one work completed under the grant and to lend two other works for a national touring exhibit which the American Federation of Arts will arrange. The two works on loan will be eligible for sale during this tour. At the completion of the tour, the works presented by the individual artists will be given to art centers and other institutions under a distribution system mutually agreed upon by the American Federation of Arts and the Ford Foundation. 

May I say that we expect to offer these grants to another group of artists in the following year, though it is too early to determine that the identical procedure will be used in the second year of the program. 

In making your nominations now, please supply individual names and addresses (temporary and permanent), the age of the nominee, the medium or media in which he works and your own critical evaluation of this work in terms of its promise for the artist's future achievements. The attached sample sheet indicates the form in which this information should be presented. 

Under separate cover I am sending you a booklet describing the Foundation's program which includes among its objectives the stimulation of creative opportunities for individual artists. Your assistance in nominating artists will be very much appreciated.

Sincerely yours,
W. Mcneil Lowry
W. McNeil Lowry
Director

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