FROST ART MUSEUM FIU SCORES THE PERFECT TEN: Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Donate Artworks by Ten Women Artists in Celebration of the Museum’s Tenth Anniversary
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University announces the gift of artworks from the Collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz by ten leading contemporary women artists, in honor of the museum building’s recent tenth anniversary.
The artists are: Squeak Carnwath, Petah Coyne, Madeline Denaro, Marina Font, Joanne Greenbaum, Quisqueya Henriquez, Sharon Horvath, Elizabeth Murray, Lorna Simpson and Wendy Wischer. “We are thrilled to honor the Frost Art Museum FIU and bring the work of pioneering contemporary female artists to the forefront, making these works available to FIU’s student community, faculty and visitors to the museum,” said Francie Bishop Good. “With this donation, we are recognizing the museum’s rich history and powerful future,” said David Horvitz. “We encourage other patrons to also support the important mission of the Frost Art Museum FIU as a leading cultural institution for Miami.”
With a rich history of serving as a cultural beacon for more than 40 years, the original galleries opened in the 1970s on the campus of Florida International University. The state-of-the-art museum building debuted in 2008 and is celebrated as a jewel in the crown of Miami’s cultural landscape. Since opening its doors just over a decade ago, the architectural gem has helped propel Miami’s artistic evolution to new heights.
The lakeside building was designed by Yann Weymouth (the chief of design on the I.M. Pei Grand Louvre Project), featuring 46,000 square feet of energy efficient exhibition and programming space, honored with LEED* silver certification due to the building’s high-efficiency, green capabilities.
“As the museum enters its next decade, we are grateful to cultural leaders such as Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, who share their passion for the arts by donating back to the region through public institutions,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the Director of the Frost Art Museum FIU. “As Miami’s only public and free museum, our mission is to provide access to art for all. Because of the Girls’ Club donation to the Frost Art Museum FIU, we now have ten new works by women artists in the collection to support our efforts to make ours an inclusive collection.”
Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz are among the nation’s leading philanthropists and visionaries. They are the Founders of Girls’ Club – “the only private collection open to the public that is dedicated to contemporary art by women.”
Collecting as a couple for more than 30 years, their collection encompasses over 800 works of art, most by contemporary female artists.
The mission of Girls’ Club is to educate the public, nurture the careers of female artists, and to serve as a resource for art students, scholars, curators and practicing artists on the contributions of women to the field of contemporary art. A special commitment is made to expose the work of local artists to a broader national and international audience.Collecting as a couple for more than 30 years, their collection encompasses over 800 works of art, most by contemporary female artists.
This extraordinary gift includes works by internationally renowned artists such as Lorna Simpson, Quisqueya Henriquez and Elizabeth Murray, and some artists who call South Florida home like Marina Font and Madeline Denaro.