OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA  – The Artists’ Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Caroline Black, Program Director at the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, to its Board of Directors. Since 1997, Ms. Black has overseen the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s grant program, which has awarded $79 million to nearly 5,000 artists worldwide since its inception in 1985. Prior to joining the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, she managed the David Beitzel Gallery in New York, where she championed mid-career artists. She has also worked at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, CT in the curatorial department.

Ms. Black joins board president Squeak Carnwath, artist; Gary Knecht, community advocate; Leah Levy, director of The Jay DeFeo Foundation; Sandra Shannonhouse, artist and trustee of The Robert Arneson Trust; and Timothy Rub, director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For more than 20 years, Caroline Black has made it her mission to enable artists to do their work, as well as support the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s funding of other nonprofits that support working artists. In her private life, she is an advocate for children and adults with special needs and is a co-founder of Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship.

Squeak Carnwath says, “Caroline shows a deep commitment to artists. She has worked to outreach to artists who might not think to apply to the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s grants. She brings to the board a nuanced perspective on gallery, museum, and nonprofit settings.”

“Throughout history, artists have been vital to their communities and, through their work, helping us understand our shared humanity. It’s imperative that we celebrate and safeguard their legacies while also supporting the visual artists who continue to share their gifts with us,” says Caroline Black. “I am honored to join Squeak Carnwath and the esteemed Board of Directors of the Artists’ Legacy Foundation, and I look forward to working with them as we continue to ensure that artists valuable contributions are preserved for generations to come, while advancing the practice of workings artists to day.”

Caroline Black

Ms. Black graduated with a B.A. and honors in Art History from Connecticut College in New London, CT and completed her M.A. in Art History at Columbia University in New York, NY. She is Board President and co-founder of Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship, a non-profit in Bedford, NY, which provides high quality, innovative, equine-assisted activities and therapies for children and adults with special needs.